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Uber distances itself from Sandton violence

Uber drivers attacked metered taxis with rocks after an Uber vehicle was torched allegedly by metered taxi drivers.

A screengrab shows a car torched during clashes between Uber and meter taxi drivers on 7 September 2017. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Uber has distanced itself from the violence that played out between its drivers and metered taxi drivers in the Sandton CBD on Thursday night.

Uber drivers attacked metered taxis with rocks after an Uber vehicle was torched allegedly by metered taxi drivers.

The e-hailing cab service has condemned the violence but says its drivers have been intimidated for months without any intervention from law enforcement.

WATCH: Vehicles torched as Uber operators, metered taxis drivers clash

General manager for Uber sub-Saharan Africa Alon Lits says the government needs to intervene.

“We need the government to step in and ensure that anyone who commits violence or intimidates another person is brought to justice and an arrest needs to be made.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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