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Mbalula: We’re intervening heavily in Uber, metered taxi drivers feud

Violent clashes between the warring groups have escalated recently, with confrontations near the airport and Gautrain stations.

FILE: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PRETORIA - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says he’s already met with Uber and will meet with the Transport Department on Wednesday to address the ongoing feud between drivers of the cab hailing service and metered taxi drivers.

Violent clashes between the warring groups have escalated in the last month, with confrontations near the airport and Gautrain stations.

A driver whose car was firebombed in Sunnyside two weeks ago died on Monday as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Minister Mbalula says police have conducted a threat analysis of the situation between Uber and metered taxis and now know what needs to be done.

“The metered taxi drivers need to understand that they’ve got no right to take the law into their hands and do what they are doing. We’re intervening heavily.”

He added: “We understand the challenges that metered taxi drivers are going through and the issues they’re dealing with, that’s why we want to understand from the Department of Transport what exactly they’re dealing with. Largely at the centre of this violence is competition.”

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi condemned the violence, saying he too will soon meet with the metered taxi association and Uber to try to resolve the conflict.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)