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PARKLANDS – A Philippi taxi driver, who allegedly robbed a female passenger from Parklands, has been jailed.

The suspect, a 25-year-old man who was pretending to pick up commuters in the area on Friday last week, attempted to sexually assault the woman after she had climbed into his vehicle, a silver Toyota Avanza.

Several similar cases have been reported to police over the last few weeks.

Captain Adriana Chandler, Table View police spokesperson, says the driver then robbed the woman of her personal belongings.

The incident occurred at 07:45.

“The woman climbed into a taxi at Time Square, Parklands. Once she got in, he told her ‘today you got into the wrong taxi’.

He said he was armed with a firearm, which he did not show, “Chandler says.

The woman was driven around and the driver demanded her cellphone and cash.

“The victim told him that she did not have any money. He then attempted to sexually assault her, but did not succeed.

“The suspect drove her to an ATM in Bothasig, where cash was withdrawn, before releasing her,” Chandler adds.

On Monday, while on route to work at Tabkle View police station, a police officer noticed a vehicle fitting the description of the one involved in the robberies. He noticed the vehicle exceeding the speed limit on Koeberg Road and turning into Blaauberg Road.

The vehicle was pulled over on the corner of Study and Blaauberg roads.

The occupant of the vehicle fitted the description provided by the victim.

The suspect will be appearing in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court today.

Chandler says an identity parade will also be arranged for other victims so that suspect may be linked to other reported cases.

PHOTO: Taxi driver arrested for robbing and assaulting a passenger.Photo: Supplied



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