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Uber customer allegedly stabbed in face by metered taxi driver

Musician Jack Parow has posted a picture of his friend on social media, which shows a man bleeding from the mouth.

The online ride-hailing service Uber. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - An Uber customer has allegedly been stabbed in the face in by a metered taxi driver in Johannesburg.

Musician Jack Parow has posted a picture of his friend on social media, which shows a man bleeding from the mouth.

Parow says the man was stabbed in Melville over the weekend for hailing an Uber by someone associated with meter taxis.

“I mean who else would want to do something like this? It’s not like the person tried to rob him. The person just walked up to him and stabbed him in the face three times as he was climbing into the car. He casually walked away. To make matter worse, the other driver asked him to get out of the car because he was bleeding on his seats.”

Metered taxi drivers and Uber have been at loggerheads over the e-hailing services disruption of the South African market and issues around regulation.

In a short statement, Uber says it's distressed by the stabbing incident. Uber adds it’s in touch with the passenger and the driver to determine what happened.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)