Gender violence in the Spotlight

Soul City Institute for Justice holds a night vigil for safer taxis

The Soul City Institute for Social Justice, together with other women’s organisations, have embarked on a campaign to demand a safe public transportation system for women.

The main focus of the campaign being on safer taxis. On Thursday evening a night vigil will be held outside the Booysens police station to demand police accountability on the recent taxi rapes in the city.

In almost all cases of raped women, the same women suffered secondary victimization from the the police. That is why the night vigil will be hosted outside this particular police station.

Lebo Ramafoko, CEO, Soul City Institute

There are no social consequences for police officers who behave in that manner.

Lebo Ramafoko, CEO, Soul City Institute

We have asked the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety to join us this evening because they were the first to admit that the treatment women face at police stations is unpleasant and sometimes violent.

Lebo Ramafoko, CEO, Soul City Institute

A charter will be signed to put the spotlight on the department of transport and their own regulations. Ramafoko says the department of transport has a duty to profile taxi drivers.

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