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Conflict between Uber, metered taxi drivers continue

The parties agreed last week to stop acts of intimidation and harassment that claimed the life of an Uber driver a few weeks ago.

FILE: An Uber driver was attacked in Pretoria on 21 June. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The conflict between metered taxi drivers and Uber operators has persisted despite an intervention by the Transport Department and the Police Ministry.

The parties agreed last week to stop acts of intimidation and harassment that claimed the life of an Uber driver a few weeks ago.

Metered taxi drivers have called on the government to kick Uber out of the country, saying the service is putting them out of business.

A video of an Uber operator being harassed by metered taxi drivers in front of the police was circulated on social media over the weekend.

In the video, a group of metered taxi drivers are pointing and shouting at an Uber driver in full view of two police officers who just stood and watched.

Uber operator Primrose Tayob says the intimidation has continued and police do nothing to help.

“Nothing has changed, actually it has accelerated, hence I’m saying to you that they actually threatened the chairman in broad daylight in front of the police.”

However, metered taxi driver representative Oupa Sikhosana says they were provoked.

“Guys from Uber will come and interfere with our drivers, will come and threaten them in the presence of the police, I mean we can’t just sit there and fold our arms.”

The Police Ministry says it is investigating the video and is still committed to protecting both groups.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)