Govt declares war on touts

Sithembiso Nyoni

The days of harassment by touts are numbered as Government has declared a war on them following the circulation on social media of a video in which a woman was filmed crying while being harassed at an unifentified bus terminus.

Addressing the media this morning, Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Dr Sithembiso Nyoni said Government notes with great concern the increasing incidents of harassment by touts towards women at bus termini and other public spaces across the country.

“Eventually, we want to witness the removal of touts from all bus termini. Public spaces must be safe for all and may it be known that the law enforcing agents shall not deal with this lightly.

“My ministry has engaged relevant Government departments and local authorities to nip these inhumane acts of gender-based violence in the bud,” she said.

The circulating video on social media platforms shows a woman being forcefully dragged by touts as she fights and cries while another is also seen pulling away her luggage.