JMPD investigation into Uber, metered taxi tension underway
Tensions flared just a few days after metered taxi drivers protested against the licensing of Uber drivers.
JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) say investigations are underway into an attack against Uber drivers in Sandton, which left four people injured this afternoon.
Tensions flared earlier today, just a few days after metered taxi drivers protested against the licensing of Uber drivers in Gauteng.
One of the vehicles stoned during an attack on Uber drivers. Picture: Supplied
The drivers, many of whom are members of the Johannesburg Metered Taxi Council, say they want drivers attached to the taxi haling service to be subjected to the same standards they follow.
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Uber says it will work closely with the JMPD, police and Gautrain to resolve the matter.
We are aware of the intimidation occurring at Sandton Gautrain Station and are taking all of the necessary steps to resolve this issue [1/3]— Uber South Africa (@Uber_RSA) May 20, 2016
JMPD's Wayne Minnaar says officials will investigate the cause of today's flare-up.
"The cause of the fight will be investigated and the area has been cordoned off. Officers are on the scene."
JMPD officers at the scene of an attack on Uber driver, allegedly by metered taxi drivers, in Sandton.Picture:EWN
An Uber driver who was injured in the attack says he won't stop supplying his transport services under Uber despite the violent backlash against him.
"I will drive for Uber again because I am not working anywhere. It helps me."
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In the meantime three police officers who were injured in the attack are still recovering in hospital.
Uber has reminded passengers and drivers that they have access to an emergency line should they feel their lives are in danger.
Earlier this evening, Uber said it had suspended its services at and around the Gautrain station following the intimidation of drivers.
Uber's Alon Lits says services are suspended indefinitely.
"There was an incident of intimidation earlier today. We're still gathering more information but until we have clarity that things are under control, the safety of riders and drivers is our top priority and that will not be compromised."