South African Women cry out loud after a video of a man punching and strangling a woman in a minibus taxi trended on social media over the weekend, it sparked outrage.
The pair were apparently sitting in a taxi that was loading for a trip from Pietermaritzburg to Durban when the incident occurred.
Fellow passengers did not intervene as the man stood on his seat and repeatedly punched the woman who was sitting behind him. “You don’t know me so don’t mess with me,” he kept saying as he hit her.
He then pinned her down on her seat and said “Driver, I’m going to kill her, I’m going to kill her.”
Nonhlanhla Khoza, MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, said on Sunday that she had been inundated with calls and text messages after the video of the assault was widely shared on social media. “It makes no difference what prompted the man to act so cruelly against the defenseless woman. His actions are completely unjustifiable.
“This heartbreaking scene demonstrates that we have men who are naturally violent toward women,” she said.
Khoza called on the victim to come forward to be helped with psychosocial support. She said it would be applauded if the police set an example with that man “who displayed high levels of hooliganism”.
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