Police to probe video showing harassment of Uber driver in front of cops

Police have committed to dispatching officers at hotspots where acts of intimidation have been prevalent in Gauteng.

FILE: A leader of 'The Movement' for Uber drivers talks during a protest regarding the safety of Uber drivers. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Police Ministry says it will investigate a video which appears to show an Uber operator being harassed by metered taxi drivers in full view of police officers.

The incident happened at the Mall of Africa at the weekend.

Police have committed to dispatching officers at hotspots where acts of intimidation have been prevalent in Gauteng, including the mall.

Days before the incident at the Mall of Africa, the Transport Department met with Uber operators and metered taxi drivers, and both sides committed to end their impasse.

The department's Ishmael Mnisi says the two groups must live up to that accord.

“We expect everybody who was part of this agreement to keep to the agreement.”

Police have confirmed having viewed the video in which officers could be seen looking on as a metered taxi driver runs after an Uber operator, dropping what looks like his gun during the pursuit.

The police's Vuyo Maga said: “It is a matter we’re investigating and we want to get an understanding of what happened there. Why did they [police] not act? We will not allow an act of intimidation, irrespective of who you are in society.”

Both Uber and metered taxi drivers blame each other for the ongoing violence.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)