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Metered taxi drivers: Mbalula is biased

The drivers are in Midrand where Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is meeting with Uber and metered taxi leaders in an effort to resolve the tension between them.

Metered taxi drivers gather before a meeting with Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on 27 July 2017. Picture: Hitekani Magwedzwe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metered taxi drivers have rejected Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's sentiments that they are against the cab hailing service Uber because of what he calls its sophistication.

The drivers are in Midrand where Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is meeting with Uber and metered taxi leaders in an effort to resolve the tension between them.

Metered taxi drivers have been chanting: "When you see an Uber burn it".

The drivers say they don’t respect Mbalula because he is biased.

“Minister Fikile Mbalula says Uber is nicer than metered taxis because when you use it, it’s not obvious that you don’t have a car. The minister forgets that we used to fetch his girlfriends from him with these metered taxis.”

Maswanganyi is in a meeting with metered taxis bosses and is yet to meet with Uber management.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)