E-hailing service Bolt has found itself in hot water following allegations that one of its drivers raped and strangled a woman “half to death” as the accusor expressed.
A Twitter user made the allegations public on February 25, sharing the driver’s name, license plate number and vehicle model.
“A Bolt driver raped my friend last night, he strangled her half to death and took her virginity. Bolt doesn’t care about our safety, their instagram page is filled with people complaining about assault and they have done nothing about it,” @Luluthebearr wrote.
The weekend consequentially saw Bolt facing heat from multiple social media users, and especially 94.7 radio host, Anele Mdoda.
Is it possible for me to speak to the CEO on my radio show tomorrow morning ? https://t.co/GaU2qkpspq
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) February 27, 2022
People have since been using Anele’s Twitter threads to express their outrage at the situation as well as direct tweets at Bolt. Bolt was trending on Twitter too, as some users took to share their own allegations largely centred around the company’s reported lack of accountability to do with a myriad of discrepancies, from lost phones to assault.
“Man this #Bolt issue that @Anele & the club is tackling is angering… no accountability whatsoever from this company and woman are getting raped” wrote user @qmdluli.
In speaking to an alleged bolt driver on their show today, 94.7’s Breakfast Club learned that the steps to becoming a Bolt driver are fairly easy, and that renting someone’s profile is also something that occurs, raising security red flags.
“I mean people in KZN can rent profiles to people here in Joburg, or Joburg to people in Cape Town, so it’s easy. They just give you their login details, you log in and start driving,” the man by the name of Tshepo expressed.
The rented profile can also be adjusted so that someone can match the rented profile picture to their profile, but change the car details.
This indicates that some of the accused drivers may not even be the culprits if they had rented their profiles.
According to The South African, the driver in question has been suspended and is under investigation at the Honeydew Police Station in Roodeport, Johannesburg.