Close Noord Street taxi rank, says ANC Youth League

The African National Congress (ANC) Youth League on Monday called for the immediate closure of Johannesburg’s Noord Street taxi rank after a second woman was assaulted.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the continued abuse and harassment of women by taxi operators at the rank undermined the dignity and freedom of women.

The attack came after a woman was assaulted in February at the rank by taxi drivers and hawkers, who tore off her clothes to cheers from a crowd who said she was being taught a lesson for wearing a miniskirt.

“We are calling on the government to immediately close Noord Street taxi rank in defence and protection of human rights until there is a commitment from the operators to protect, defend and respect the dignity of everybody, and women in particular,” said Kodwa.—Sapa

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