Relebogile Mabotja. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
Media personality Relebogile Mabotja and
her family was allegedly intimidated by a taxi association in Zandspruit, north
of Joburg on Sunday afternoon.
Relebogile and her family were allegedly on
their way to Mafikeng while driving a quantum minibus taxi when they were
pulled over by the association personnel.
“I’m busy shaking because the taxi
association has pulled me and my family over. We’re in a quantum trying to
drive to Mafikeng. They forced us to pull over. They’re bullying us and
swearing at us [sic],” she said in a video clip.
Relebogile says she felt harassed by the
men but did not name the association she came into contact with.
In a series of tweets, she related the
events of their ordeal. “I was in the drivers seat!!! My family was NOT
safe!!!! Your people threatened my family. This is completely unacceptable. I
will NEVER pull over for people forcing me that are not law enforcement. You
have ZERO jurisdiction over me. NEVER!!”
The Mabotjas were escorted by police out
the situation. But, Relebogile was not satisfied with how they handle the
“I assessed our situation & called the
police. They failed dismally in managing the situation, but the reality is
this: Police in this country are ill-equipped, under resourced, not properly
trained for many emergency situations and they too are sadly are as afraid of
these people as we are. That is the sad reality,” she said.