The Department of Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal has called on the police to find and arrest a man from Pietermaritzburg who allegedly tried to suffocate a woman in a taxi. The incident was caught on camera by shocked witnesses.
The department said on Sunday that MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza was inundated with calls and text messages after a video was widely shared on social media, “the one Showing woman who is attacked in a serious attack ”. a minibus taxi “.
” It is alleged that the taxi was loading passengers from Pietermaritzburg to Durban when the man pounced on a defenseless woman and tried to suffocate her between the seats, “Khoza said .
She said the video shared “was heartbreaking when the woman screamed while being attacked by the man”.
“It doesn’t matter what made the men do it could have been so cruel to the defenseless woman. His actions cannot be justified. This heartbreaking scene shows that we have men who are naturally violent against women, “she said.
Khoza asked the woman to come forward for psychosocial support.
She said, “It would be nice to see the police make an example of this man who displayed a high level of hooliganism.”
“This matter cannot go unchallenged. Our daily occurrences of abuse, rape and murder of women require that we as a society collectively isolate those involved in such atrocities against women and children.
“We commend the passengers who recorded the video , for bringing this matter to our attention. ”
Khoza said social media should be used as an effective weapon against such patriarchy in society.
She said that Government has signed a letter of intent with the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) “to end such incidents in the transport industry and society at large”.
“We urge Santaco to work with the police to help the person involved in this heinous incident. The industry has to get rid of such people in order to protect its image and its business, ”said Khoza.