Police say they have not ruled out an ongoing feud between Uber drivers and metered taxi drivers as the reason for a vehicle being set alight in Hatfield, Pretoria.
“We cannot confirm if the latest attack formed part of an alleged feud between metered taxi drivers and Uber drivers, but it cannot be ruled out as a possibility,” police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo told News24 on Tuesday.
Masondo said the motorist was driving towards Hatfield when he was forced off the road by five cars, which blockaded him from the front and the back.“Once on the side of the road, four suspects jumped out of the car and started damaging the car with the victim still in the car.”
“The victim then noticed that there was smoke coming from the back of the vehicle. He managed to escape the fire, but not before he was assaulted and robbed of his cellphone and cash by the suspects.”
Masondo said cases of armed robbery, malicious damage to property and assault had been opened.
The driver of the vehicle told police he was an Uber driver.
However, Uber spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said while the vehicle in the picture doing the rounds on social media was not registered on the Uber app, she condemned the violence. Masondo also said he could not confirm if the car was petrol bombed as was earlier alleged, but said it was “definitely set alight”.