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  • Updated: May 09, 2023

Taxi Driver Charged With Raping Two Preschool Minors

A 32-year-old South African taxi driver charged with the rape of two minor pupils who he was tasked with transporting to school every day has appeared in court.

The man, who won't be identified until after he enters a plea, gave up his bid for release on Tuesday at the Pongola Magistrate's Court, South Africa. 

The accused would regularly drive the 4-year-old pupils to preschool, according to the National Prosecuting Authority in KwaZulu.

"The man abandoned his bail application while the case was before the court for a bail application. Thus, he will remain in detention, " Natasha Kara said. 

She said that the matter was postponed until June 12 to allow for more investigation.

Nonhlanhla Khoza, the KZN MEC for Social Development, urged the legal system to deny the accused's request for bail.

"We are extremely outraged by the claims that a taxi driver in uPhongolo drugged and raped small children. 

"These are abhorrent actions that are unthinkable, and we must all take every precaution to shield our children from such violent crimes, she said.

MEC Khoza continued that it was essential for society to prioritize children's safety and see to it that justice was done.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the young victims. We will keep the affected families supported and cared for during this trying time."

Following their horrific experiences, the victims and their families have received psycho-social support from a team of social professionals, according to the MEC department.

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