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JOHANNESBURG – One of three men who allegedly abducted, raped and robbed an Uber commuter will appear before the Randburg Magistrate&39;s Court for a bail application on 6 October 2016.
Elias Mankgane appeared for the first time on 19 September 2016 but the case was postponed.
Two other male suspects who are believed to have worked with him, are still at large.
The alleged incident was reported in July, soon after it happened.
A woman had reportedly ordered an Uber taxi to take her home from Montecasino.
Her lawyer, Ulrich Roux, said his client was tied up and locked in the boot of the car and driven to an ATM.
"She was forced to withdraw money -- approximately R5,000 -- and taken to a veld where she was raped," Roux said.
“She is still traumatised from the incident. However, she&39;s determined and has been working with police to make sure the perpetrators are prosecuted,” he added.
According to Roux, this is not the only incident in which prospective unsuspecting Uber users have been targeted.
“I am working closely with the South African Police Service in prosecuting the men responsible for these crimes and have thus far identified a number of incidents where the modus operandi is exactly the same,” he said.
Roux, together with the police identified the following measures that must be taken when using an Uber or any other metered taxi service:
Ask the driver to identify you. If he is a certified Uber driver he will have access to the certified software and the trip will be a valid and authorised trip.
Ask the driver to open the boot of the vehicle before you enter the vehicle. Rather have one uncomfortable minute than the alternative.
Do not supply your destination, rather direct the driver. If you are unsure about where you are heading, make use of your own GPS system on your phone and direct the driver accordingly.
Make sure the number plate of the vehicle matches the one on your app.
Make use of the “Share my ETA” option on the app. In doing so, a friend will know where you are heading and whether everything is in order.