2 Taxify vehicles damaged, driver assaulted in Sunnyside

Police say a group of about nine men approached the two Taxify vehicles, assaulted a driver and torched one vehicle in Sunnyside.

FILE: Metered taxi drivers meet at the OR Tambo airport to discuss their way forward from after they blocked main roads to the airport in protest of Uber. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane police have confirmed that two Taxify vehicles have been damaged and a driver assaulted in fresh clashes between e-hailing service operators and their metered taxi rivals.

It's the latest round in the violence that has characterised a battle for market share between the transport providers.

Just last week, at least two Uber and Taxify vehicles were torched in Sandton allegedly by metered taxi drivers.

The police's Daniel Mavimbela says a group of about nine men approached the two Taxify vehicles, assaulted a driver and torched one vehicle in Sunnyside, Pretoria.

“One of the taxis was completely damaged in the alleged fire that took place there and in the second incident there were only minor damages. Only the front seat was damaged.”

He says no one has been arrested as investigations continue.

One Uber driver says she was also attacked.

“When they see our cars, they throw stones but we were able to get away. We just drive off, drive into oncoming [traffic], wherever you can drive, you just drive.”

Mavimbela says they are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.

Another Uber driver says metered taxi drivers are sporadically attacking their vehicles with stones in Arcadia and Sunnyside.

“They are going up to Arcadia and Hatfield, smashing cars whether parked or in the garage, they are just breaking cars.”