Uber driver succumbs to fire injuries after being attacked

Judith Bessette
Julho 17, 2017

In May previous year, shots were fired in Johannesburg's Sandton financial district as drivers attacked Uber counterparts in a territorial dispute between workers for the U.S. ride-hailing service and traditional taxi motorists.

"While we continue to provide you with statements and interviews around these issues, many of your questions can and should be directed to those whose responsibility it is to ensure people can move around their cities; safely and reliably and without limitation", it said.

"Those vehicles are not licensed to operate in certain areas and it gives the impression that Uber drivers can do as they wish", he said.

"We would welcome greater clarity in the law over different types of employment status", he said.

Uber has appealed to the South African police to help stop attacks against drivers and riders.

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MEC for Transport Donald Grant said he was "aware of a few cases of violence" against Uber drivers in Cape Town, "But I wasn't aware of how big it actually is". This driver-partner is a part of our community. "There is a free flow of traffic and the local police and other police members from various units have joined forces with the JMPD, and various security companies, to ensure stability and prevent and any unlawful incidents from occurring". "We have a team of former law enforcement professionals who are working with the police to support their investigation‚" Allenberg said.

News24 is in possession of the security footage of the incident.

Uber drivers and meter taxi drivers, who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, spoke to News24, blaming each other for what they called a war.

Uber SA has requested an urgent meeting with the Police Minister and the Minister of Transport to resolve this situation, while Gauteng Metered Taxi Association spokesperson Reuben Mzayiya told News24 that they have been in ongoing meetings with the department of transport addressing all the issues.

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