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Gauteng police on alert amid tensions between meter taxi drivers, Uber operators

One of the monitored areas is the Sandton CBD where a scuffle broke out between the two groups over the weekend.

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

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng police have deployed officers to several areas on Monday morning after receiving information about a possible breakout of violence in the ongoing dispute between meter taxi drivers and Uber operators.

One of the monitored areas is the Sandton CBD where a scuffle broke out between the two groups over the weekend.

It’s alleged that meter taxi drivers stoned cars operated by Uber.

The police’s Mmakgomo Semono says messages threatening violence have been circulated.

“They were not specific about the areas but it will affect the entire Gauteng province.”

Fred Skhosana from the Gauteng Concerned Metered Taxi Operators says they're not behind the threats.

“Us as meter taxi people, especially the leadership, we never discussed anything whereby we’re saying there will be a D-Day for so-called Uber operators. All that will be happening is simply to say we can’t allow them to pick up from our ranks.”

One Uber driver says he was intimidated in Sandton on Monday morning when he tried to pick up a passenger.

“I wanted to pick up a customer from West Street outside the Gautrain Station and these guys came and blocked me, carrying some weapons. Seeing that they might damage my car I then drove off.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)