Meter taxi drivers attack Uber and Gautrain security personnel

Jay Anderson
July 17, 2017

This incident is deeply upsetting to all of us at Uber.

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"We are still in shock and we are yet to meet his family‚" he said.

According to a seperate press release sent out by the company, the driver 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.

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

A South African Uber driver whose auto was torched five weeks ago died of his injuries on Monday, the company said, after an attack allegedly involving rival metre-taxi drivers.

Earlier this year, metre-taxi drivers blocked the highway to the airport to protest against Uber.

Uber taxi driver Lindelani Mashau, who was attacked near Loftus last month after a Springbok test match in Pretoria, has died.

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"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".

Mothapo said, "We are not going to hesitate to arrest any perpetrators who break the law".

News24 understands that dozens of cases of malicious damage to property have been opened by both Uber and meter taxi drivers in recent months after their vehicles have been stoned, petrol bombed or set alight.

"Using violence and intimidation to limit consumer choice is unacceptable to us, to anyone for that matter".

Clashes broke out between the two groups at the Sandton Gautrain station on Monday afternoon, with metered taxi drivers accusing Uber of operating illegally.

"We will continue to provide additional security measures around the stations, however, Uber is not a security company and we need the Police Minister to get involved", she said.

Police say metered taxi drivers need to take their objections on Uber up with the relevant transport authorities.

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