Uber asks SA police for help amid rising taxi violence


In a follow-up statement on Monday, Uber confirmed that one of its driver-partners has passed away after a brutal attack in Pretoria on the weekend of 10 June 2017.

Earlier this year, metre-taxi drivers blocked the highway to the airport to protest against Uber.

"We know drivers want more security too which is why we're already investing in discounted illness and injury cover, and will be introducing further improvements soon", said Andrew Byrne, Head of Policy for Uber in the UK.

Tensions between the two modes of transport have seen incidents of protests, petrol-bombing, national strikes and two women being physically removed from an Uber vehicle by meter taxi drivers. This driver-partner is a part of our community.

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.

Uber SA spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said the company needs police assistance to ensure the safety of users.

"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".

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

Mothapo said, "We are not going to hesitate to arrest any perpetrators who break the law".

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

"We can only ask that you contact the Department of Transport and Minister of Police to ask for their commit on how they intend to solve these issue, as they are the only ones who can move this forward".

"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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