Uber asks SA police for help amid rising taxi violence


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.

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

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

Uber has condemned the intimidation against driver-partners and riders at the Gautrain Stations across Gauteng and formally asked the the Police Minister and the Minister of Transport to resolve the situation. 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. This driver-partner is a part of our community. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this hard time and we will continue to offer our support. "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".

"We know that these actions do not represent the entire industry, however, this violence and intimidation against those who choose to use technology apps, like Uber, must stop", Uber said.

Mashau's auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries and he was admitted to hospital in a serious condition.

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The council's General-Secretary Hendrick Ndou claimed that a convoy of more than 30 Uber vehicles drove around Pretoria on Monday, intimidating meter taxi drivers at Pretoria station as well as at Sunnyside and Hatfield Gautrain station.

Transport manager Joe Maswanganyi said that he now wants Uber drivers to apply for public transport licenses in line with legislation, as agreed to at a transport conference last week.

The driver sustained minor burn wounds to his back and left arm.

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

The San Francisco-based firm said it had requested an urgent meeting with the police minister to address safety concerns.