Uber Rape Victims’ Court Case Today

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The alleged Uber driver, Mmotlane Elias Mankgane, and his three-co accused, Daniel Maswikaneng, Sikhosana Bonga and Themba Mkuwanazi, will appear in the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, Gauteng on Thursday.

The trial enters its fourth day.

The men are accused of committing multiple crimes, which include using the Uber app to kidnap women before they were robbed and raped.

The accused allegedly went on a crime spree in 2016, using the app pick up women to rob, rape and assault. In two different incidents, they also allegedly tried to murder the passengers.

The charge sheet details how some of the victims were forced into boots, robbed and raped. One of the victims was strangled while another was stabbed in different incidents.

One of the rape victims was also strangled and punched in the face before she was thrown down a steep embankment.

Mankgane, 26, has pleaded not guilty.

During cross-examination, his advocate Michelle Ives, said her client would testify that testimony was “nothing but a figment of the witness’s imagination”.

Attorney Ulrich Roux, who is representing two of the victims, said a civil action against Uber would be instituted next month.

“As it is clear that the horrific crimes committed against our clients, as well as the other victims referred to in the charge sheet, were as a direct result of Uber’s lack of internal controls in verifying their drivers,” Roux said in a statement.