Uber driver burnt in vehicle last month succumbs to injuries

FILE Johannesburg metered taxi services in Sandton

FILE Johannesburg metered taxi services in Sandton

In May past year, shots were fired in Johannesburg's Sandton financial district as drivers attacked Uber counterparts in a territorial dispute between workers for the USA ride-hailing service and traditional taxi motorists.

Makhubela says they will not tolerate any more violence between metered taxis and Uber drivers.

He was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries.

"We would welcome greater clarity in the law over different types of employment status", he said.

Meter taxi drivers demand that Uber taxis be subject to regulations, saying the taxi- hailing app has had a negative effect on their business.

"We have also hired additional security response teams in areas where our driver-partners and riders have reported intimidation", said Allenberg. Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time.

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

"He was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries", said Uber SA spokesperson Samantha Allenberg in a statement.

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

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.

The dispute is about unfair competition between the transport app giant and local meter taxis, which claim that Uber's vehicles are not roadworthy and not licensed.

"We are aware of the intimidation against driver-partners and riders at the Gautrain Stations across Gauteng".

The driver sustained minor burn wounds to his back and left arm.

News24 is in possession of the security footage of the incident.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo at the time confirmed all three.

"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".