UBER CONDEMNS VIOLENCE BETWEEN ITS OPERATORS AND METERED TAXI DRIVERS

UBER CONDEMNS VIOLENCE BETWEEN ITS OPERATORS AND METERED TAXI DRIVERS

JOHANNESBURG – Uber has condemned the violence between its drivers and meter taxi drivers.

On Thursday night, two Uber cars were petrol bombed in the Sandton CBD near the Gautrain station, allegedly by meter taxi drivers.

Furious Uber drivers retaliated and moved around Sandton, attacking stationary meter taxi cars and those moving past the area.

At least one metered taxi was torched near the Sandton Convention Centre.

Uber says that it is investigating the circumstances of last night’s attack on its drivers.

It says that it is relieved to hear that the driver of one of the vehicles registered to use its app, was not injured.

But one driver says they can’t take the attacks anymore.

“This is very painful, this is very painful.”

Sandton police are taking statements from a number of people who were either involved in or witnessed last night’s violence between Uber and metered taxi drivers.

The police’s Mavela Masondo says no one has yet been arrested.

“This morning I’m here just next to Sandton Gautrain Station, everything is normal as we have increased police visibility. So the situation is calm but let’s hope that it remains like this next few days.”

The company says that after being notified of this incident‚ its operations‚ security and law enforcement teams immediately reached out to the relevant authorities.

Clement Manyathela / EWN
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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