Meter-taxi operators attacking Uber drivers

Meter-taxi operators attacking Uber drivers

This weekend, an Uber driver died after a June 10 attack by an unidentified group of people in which his vehicle was set alight and he sustained injuries, the service said in an emailed statement on Monday. He was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries.

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

Allenberg said while they understood that their "driver-partners" were frustrated, they had a zero tolerance approach to any form of retaliation or violence.

"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this hard time and we will continue to offer our support.We are assisting the police in their investigation in every way possible".

Following the incident that occurred outside the Sandton Gautrain station, tension has escalated between meter taxi drivers and Uber in Johannesburg. "We are assisting the police in their investigation in every way possible".

The Gauteng Provincial Metered Taxi Council has alleged that they were informed that Uber drivers were using various intimidation tactics such as the pointing of a firearm at one of their members and driving very slowly in a convoy passed taxi ranks.

Meter taxi drivers demand that Uber taxis be subject to regulations, saying the taxi- hailing app has had a negative effect on their business.

Metered taxis drivers claim their Uber rivals have become a law unto themselves and is calling on government to stop them from operating in South Africa. Bystanders managed to douse the flames in the taxi before it caused any major damage.

There were two other incidents in which metered taxis were stoned and petrol bombed in Sunnyside on the same day.

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 said it had requested urgent meetings with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi, and its security teams would provide extra support around stations.