Uber relieved as suspect arrested for pouring acid on driver

Thirty-four-year-old Kgomotso Tiro picked up a cash client in Northcliff who allegedly poured acid on him.

The online ride-hailing service Uber. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Uber says it’s relieved that police have arrested a suspect in connection with an attack on a driver earlier this month.

Thirty-four-year-old Kgomotso Tiro picked up a cash client in Northcliff who allegedly poured acid on him.

Tiro has reportedly blamed Uber for failing to protect drivers.

General Manager for Uber Sub Saharan Africa Alon Lits says they have been in touch with Tiro and his family and continue to offer support.

“What we know at this stage is that the arrest was made this morning. I don’t think it’s for us to share the details and the specifics of the investigation. And we will suggest that the police make comment in that regard, but we are taking comfort in that an arrest has been made.”

Uber also says it's disappointed that Tiro feels he hasn't received enough support from the service provider.

Tiro has reportedly blamed Uber for failing to protect drivers.

However, Uber's Lits says they've done everything possible to offer support.

“There was a hospital visit by our team. We did not speak to Kgomotso, we spoke to his family. And the hospital advised at that point we were unable to see the driver partner. And we’ve provided them with free Uber rides, we know it’s difficult to get to and from the hospital so we wanted to do our part to relieve that burden.”