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LISTEN: Pregnant woman recounts taxi attack and lax police action

A pregnant woman says she was beaten by taxi drivers in Johannesburg and left to resolve the matter herself, after reporting the case to police.

Lindi, a 702 listener, called in to Afternoon Drive with Redi Tlhabi to recount her traumatic experience.

The 20-year-old explains that an altercation ensued between the taxi driver and another female passenger while traveling along Rietfontein Road.

The taxi driver proceeded to turn the vehicle around and head back to the taxi terminus because he was "disrespected" by the fellow passenger.

When Lindi asked for a fare refund or to be let off the taxi, the driver said he would do no such thing and drove to the taxi rank where she fell to the ground after she was beaten.

He's like there's no way I'm getting off the taxi and there's no way I'm getting my money back.

Lindi, caller

On our way there, he kept swearing at us calling me and the lady all sorts of names.

Lindi, caller

When we reached the taxi rank, he told one of his taxi friends that we are disrespecting him.

Lindi, caller

I got off the taxi and slammed the door.. He came to me.. and as I left him he beat me with one hand and punched me with the left.

Lindi, caller

I fell down on my back and I'm five months pregnant.

Lindi, caller

Other taxi drivers just stood there and watched me get beaten up, like it was nothing to them.

Lindi, caller

She attempted to report the matter to the Boksburg police station but says a police officer told her that she had to lodged a complaint with the taxi rank manager first, before opening a case.

On Monday, Lindi went as far as attending a meeting with the taxi manager and her attacker, who asked that she drop the case.

Police officials did not attend the meeting.

Take a listen to her describe how the incident unfolded:


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