Teresa Leslie-Munchick, spokesperson for the two groups (called The Movement), said Uber vehicles were under attack “almost on a daily basis” by meter taxis.
Taxi app Uber said it will be improving an offer to drivers and would welcome greater legal clarity about different types of employment in Britain, in response to a government review into the gig economy published on Tuesday.
It said that in the time being it would continue to provide additional security measures around the stations, but noted that Uber was “not a security company” and needed law enforcement and the police minister to get involved and help solve the issue as soon as possible. Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time.
The police’s Kay Makhubela says the violence is endangering the lives of the very people the taxi groups are meant to serve. Members of the police are investigating the incident.
Uber SA condemned the violent acts saying that these actions do not represent the entire industry and that the violence and intimidation against those who choose to use technology apps, like Uber, must stop.
Zweli Ngwenya‚ spokesperson of The Movement‚ formed by Uber drivers concerned with their safety‚ said the driver from Tembisa in Ekurhuleni succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of Monday.
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.
Following the incident that occurred outside the Sandton Gautrain station, tension has escalated between meter taxi drivers and Uber in Johannesburg. Bystanders managed to douse the flames in the taxi before it caused any major damage.
Uber has requested an urgent meeting with the Police Minister and the Minister of Transport to resolve the situation, and is now awaiting their response.