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People are 'scared' after Uber, metered taxi clash

Two cars belonging to e-hailing services Uber and Taxify were petrol-bombed near Sandton City shopping centre last week.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi took part in a walkabout at the Gautrain Station in Sandton and surrounding areas on Monday morning.

This follows clashes between Uber and metered taxi drivers.

Maswanganyi was accompanied by acting Transport MEC Nandi Mayathula Khoza and Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.

Two cars belonging to e-hailing services Uber and Taxify were petrol-bombed near Sandton City shopping centre last week.

Furious Uber drivers then retaliated and torched a metered taxi.

Community Safety spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said they now want to ensure commuter safety.

“People are scared. Remember they feel they’re at risk and won’t go into the vehicles feeling safe. Working together with the Department of Transport, we want to ensure that our people feel safe.”

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

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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