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One person arrested for assaulting cop outside Sandton Gautrain station

Officers responded to reports of fighting between metered taxi drivers and Uber drivers on Monday afternoon.

FILE: Police are pictured talking to metered taxi drivers after clashes with Uber drivers outside Sandton on 22 April 2017. Picture: Janice Healing/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say one suspect has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer outside the Sandton Gautrain station.

Officers responded to reports of fighting between metered taxi drivers and Uber drivers on Monday afternoon.

The police's Kay Makhubela says the SAPS can only act if they know about crimes.

“These people are intimidating society, harassing others and they don’t report their concerns because these people will continue doing that. We are appealing to our community to report these incidents immediately so that the police can act.”

Metered taxi drivers in Sandton are again demanding that Uber taxis be subject to regulation, saying they have been adhering to transport regulatory standards for years.

They say they don't understand why Uber is not made to abide by the rules.

Spokesperson Abner Mashikinya said: “We want them to be regulated because they are operating like metered taxis.”

He says Uber drivers have become a law unto themselves and government should follow in Germany’s footsteps by stopping Uber from operating.

“Uber is invading our territory. What kind of an app controls a meter taxi?”

The situation is calm at the moment.

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