Uber urgently needs police help to stop Gautrain station attacks

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Police declined to comment, while an action group of Uber drivers told local news website enca.com that the victim was targeted in a "turf war between Uber and metre-taxi drivers".

Makhubela says they will not tolerate any more violence between metered taxis and Uber drivers.

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

Meter-taxi drivers in South Africa are attacking those that operate cars and use Uber Technologies, and the ride-hailing service has called for a meeting with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to help stop the violence.

Drivers can now determine where the hot spots are through the Uber application, he said.

"We have also hired additional security response teams in areas where our driver-partners and riders have reported intimidation", said Allenberg.

Uber taxi driver Lindelani Mashau, who was attacked near Loftus last month after a Springbok test match in Pretoria, has died. Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time.

An Uber driver who was seriously injured when his vehicle was set alight in Pretoria last month, has succumbed to his injuries.

"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", said Uber SA spokesperson Samantha Allenberg in a statement.

In what police suspect and meter-taxi drivers' claim was retaliation for the attack on the Uber vehicle in Hatfield the day before, a meter taxi driver was set alight when his vehicle was petrol bombed in Sunnyside, Pretoria.

Uber said it was aware of reports of intimidation against its drivers: "We're working with private security, police and relevant stakeholders to resolve the issue as soon as possible".

"The police have not been helpful at all and we made a decision to start the petition because we need the public's help", she said.

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