However, Dolphin Coast Taxi Association spokesperson Sunshine Mthiyane said the association’s taxi drivers were being watched, and there was no proof that the taxis involved in the rape incidents were not privately owned.
“Our taxis have the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association stickers, and people can easily identify our vehicles. After reports of overloading, the taxi drivers’ coming and goings are closely monitored by their bosses, and drivers are tested throughout the day to make sure they are not drinking and driving. Private taxis that transport workers and schoolchildren are also running. I do not believe that the taxi or taxis involved belong to this association,” he said.
Pillay suggested that women take extra caution especially during the winter season, where it is still dark in the early hours of the morning.
“Women should walk in groups, and try to leave home when it is bright outside. It is sad that women have to be so careful, but it is the only way to possibly prevent such incidents from occurring.”