‘I pleaded with them not to kill me’ – victim of Trichardts Road taxi robbery

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The man was waiting for a taxi on the corner of Trichardts Road and Leeuwpoort Street before he was ambushed in the taxi.

The victim, who requested to remain anonymous, said a taxi arrived and he got into it, noticing four other male passengers on board.

Near the intersection of Railway Street and Trichardts Road, two male passengers grabbed him, pulled out a knife and demanded his belongings.

“I screamed for help, but the driver looked at me and shouted ‘hey keep quiet!’,” said the victim.

Holding the knife to his neck, the criminals took the victim’s wallet containing bank cards and his R5 000 salary which he had withdrawn from the bank earlier.

“I pleaded with them not to kill me, but they stabbed me in the head and repeatedly assaulted me before pushing me out of the moving taxi – leaving me in the road badly injured,” said the victim.

The profusely bleeding victim says he then flagged down a passing EMPD vehicle and the officers took him to Tambo Memorial Hospital where he was treated.

This robbery follows others in which commuters, women in particular, have been attacked in a taxi in and around Boksburg.

In most of the previous incidents, the robbers used a mini-bus resembling a taxi. The driver’s accomplices pretended to be passengers and robbed unsuspecting passengers of their personal belongings at knife-point.

The latest victim said the taxi was a white kombi with four male passengers and a male driver.

Police are warning taxi commuters to be vigilant and those with information are asked to come [email protected]

Fanie Mthupha

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