Uber cars torched near Gautrain Station

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

People stand next to one of the Uber cars that were torched near the Gautrain Station in Sandton. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Two Uber cars have been torched near the Gautrain Station in Sandton, increasing existing tensions between Uber drivers and meter taxi operators.

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

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

Two torched Uber cars are still on the streets near the Gautrain Station.

Scores of Uber drivers have parked their cars near the scene, and are moving around in groups pelting stones at meter taxi cars while touching others.

The Uber drivers say they are tired of being victimized by what they are calling thugs.

Police officers are on the scene.