A case of kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault has been opened at the Douglasdale police station, after a woman believed she got into a legitimate Uber vehicle at Montecasino in Fourways last week.

According to reports, two men were hiding on the back seat of the vehicle, and after she got in, she was tied-up, bundled into the boot and forced to draw money from an ATM about an hours’ drive away. After that ordeal, she was then allegedly taken to a veld in Tembisa and raped.

“This was a despicable crime and, first and foremost, our thoughts are with the victim and her family. We are in open dialogue with the family and have offered our full support. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in any way we can to bring this crime to justice,” said Communications manager of Uber, Samantha Allenberg, in a statement.

Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed that a case has been opened.

Marketing manager of Montecasino, Debbie Combrink was saddened by the events.

“As a woman, I can only imagine how traumatic this was. For this reason, I urge the community utilising Uber’s services to be aware and use the security measures they have in place to avoid an incident of this nature from happening again. My sincerest condolences to the victim and her family.”

Crime Intelligence & Community Awareness South Africa added that measures are in place through the legitimate Uber app to stop this from happening.

“The Uber system is designed to prevent this type of incident from occurring, so make use of the information & functionality provided,” it said on it Facebook page.

If users are unsure if they are getting into a real Uber car, also check that the driver is the same person who is represented in the picture in the Uber app, and make sur that the registration number corresponds with the one in the app after a booking was made.

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