Cape Town – A University of the Western Cape student was allegedly robbed in a taxi.
The student, who shared her traumatic ordeal on Facebook on Thursday evening, said the incident happened around 19:30 on Wednesday when she boarded the taxi at UWC’s Steel Park stop on her way to the Bellville CBD. The post has been shared by over 80 people on Friday afternoon.
The woman said that she never reached her destination as she was robbed of her belongings, threatened and then dumped in the industrial section of Parow. She did not give out more details regarding the incident and she had not responded to our follow up questions at the time of publication.
“I’m happy to be alive today and I urge everyone who’s a student (at UWC), moving forward, to take precautions when traveling with public transport,” warned the student.
UWC spokesperson Gasant Arber said that the university is aware of safety issues on public transport. He cautioned students to be vigilant at all times. Arber said that their hands were tied as this particular incident happened outside of the campus but stressed that, where appropriate, the institution will play its role in working with the authorities.
“Students who experience violence or trauma are urged to contact the University’s Centre for Student Support Services (CSSS), which provides professional and confidential counselling and psychological services for personal, social, familial and other concerns,” said Arber.
Western Cape police had yet to respond to our questions regarding this incident.
*This article will be updated as soon as we receive correspondence from the police.