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Mbalula urges meter taxi drivers to be innovative in making business

Mbalula says it’s clear the violence within the taxi industry comes from people who are dissatisfied with Uber's strategy in advancing its own business.

Meter taxi drivers have blocked roads in the Johannesburg CBD during a demonstration against the Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The police department is working to get to the root of the violence between Uber drivers and metered taxi operators.

Minister Fikile Mbalula says it’s clear the increase in violence within the taxi industry comes from people who are dissatisfied with Uber's strategy in advancing its own business.

The minister was speaking on the sidelines of his visit to the home of Sipho Mthethewa, a policeman who was killed on duty this week.

He says the metered taxi drivers need to become equally innovative in creating business.

“We will not be tolerant of people who do unlawful acts in terms of killing people and doing what they are doing to their competition. It is of concern and is high on our radar.”