Uber has appealed to the South African police to help stop attacks against drivers and riders.
Metered taxi operators have been attacking Uber drivers and riders at Gautrain stations across Gauteng, and the company has deployed private security to manage the situation.
Uber has requested an urgent meeting with the Police Minister and the Minister of Transport to resolve the situation, and is currently awaiting their response.
Uber SA spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said the company needs police assistance to ensure the safety of users.
“We will continue to provide additional security measures around the stations, however, Uber is not a security company and we need the Police Minister to get involved,” she said.
“That a few metered taxi operators are choosing violence and threats against those bringing choice in transportation is unacceptable.”
“We cannot do this alone – authorities and policy makers need to take a stronger stand to help prevent and condemn these terrible crimes.”
Update – Pretoria Uber driver passes away
Uber has stated that one of its drivers who was attacked in Pretoria on 10 June has passed away.
The victim’s car was set alight while he was inside, leading to serious injuries, said Uber.