Police probe additional cases of violence after 2 Uber cars torched
Police arrested more than 30 metered taxi drivers for public violence after they allegedly torched two Uber vehicles and assaulted their clients.
JOHANNESBURG - Police are investigating additional cases of violence during a protest involving metered taxi drivers on the R21 and R24 highways, as more people come forward with allegations of assault.
The protesters barricaded the highways near OR Tambo International Airport in an attempt to stop the cab-hailing service from operating in the country.
The owner of the torched uber vehicle was sitting there crying, looking at the car which was still smoldering.
She’s refused to be interviewed, saying only that she’s a breadwinner who needs to look after her children.
It’s alleged the driver of the car ran for cover as meter taxi drivers approached him, before attacking his client making off with her belongings.
A security guard has also told Eyewitness News how he saw a group of meter taxi drivers torching the car.
RUNNING FOR DEAR LIFE
An Uber driver who was caught up in Friday's violent protest has told EWN how he jumped a spiked security gate and hid while his attackers threatened to kill him.
The driver, whose asked not to be named, says he was taking a client to OR Tambo International Airport in the early hours of Friday morning when metered taxi drivers started banging on his vehicle with stones.
He left his female client in the car and fled on foot jumping a security gate while protesters petrol bombed the vehicle
“As I was jumping the fence, they were throwing stones at me and if I didn’t try to escape, they were going to kill me.”
He says despite the frightening near-death experience, he can't quit his job because he needs to feed his family.
“My kids are at school, If I quit, it is a problem for my family.”
The Uber driver says he considers himself lucky to be alive.
“I jumped a barbed wire to escape and I was worried about my client who was a woman. I was hearing some noise of people crying and being beaten.”
Kempton Park police are investigating the attack.