An estimated 300 metered taxi drivers and owners marched to the Durban City Hall on Thursday to complain about Uber.
KwaZulu-Natal Metered Taxi Alliance spokesperson Sizwe Mvubu told News24 they gathered at the Durban Christian Centre in Berea and marched to the city hall where they handed their memorandum to a city official.
Mvubu alleges metered taxi drivers are losing clients to Uber due to what he believes to be unfair competition. He added that another issue affecting metered taxi drivers in KZN was that Uber drivers, in his view, did not have as much costs as they do.
“When you buy a meter, that meter has to be mounted by the Metro police and you have to pay for that service. Uber drivers do not have that cost. We brand our vehicles and they don’t. We also have to have special permits to operate and we have many more costs to operate,” he said.
“We want to know how could our government allow an international company to take away our livelihood just like that?”
In the past there has also been protests against Uber among metered taxi drivers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.