SA Uber drivers in bid to end violence

Henrietta Brewer
July 17, 2017

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela confirmed to News24 that a case had been opened, where the complainant, a meter taxi driver had reported that an Uber driver had pointed a firearm at him.

According to a report by eNCA, Lindelani Mashau was in his vehicle when he was approached by unknown men who attacked him and set his auto alight outside Loftus Versveld in Pretoria late last month.

Uber said at the time that initial investigations had found "one of our driver-partners was in Pretoria when he was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals".

"We are doing all we can to assist in preventing incidents and provide assistance to driver-partners and riders, but we cannot do this alone - authorities and policy makers need to take a stronger stand to help prevent and condemn these bad crimes".

"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". "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".

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

This appears to be the first murder in an apparent ongoing feud between disgruntled drivers from both Uber and the meter taxi communities.

The man was parked on a street in the capital Pretoria at night when his vehicle was set alight and he suffered severe burns, Uber Africa said in a statement.

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".

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.

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

Both sides argue that the feud emanates for regulations and turf.

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

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