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Metered taxi drivers vow to continue protest until Uber banned

On Friday, more than 30 taxi drivers were arrested for blocking the highways with their vehicles during a protest.

The wreckage of an Uber vehicle after it was torched during protest near Kempton Park on 27 October 2017. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metered taxi drivers who protested on the R21 and R24 highways in Kempton Park have vowed to continue until government bans cab-hailing app Uber from the roads.

On Friday, more than 30 taxi drivers were arrested for blocking the highways with their vehicles, abandoning it and some even lying down on the tar highway.

Two Uber vehicles were torched, drivers threatened and occupants assaulted.

A metered taxi driver, who asked to remain anonymous, told Eyewitness News barricading highways was the only way to get government to listen to their demands.

“We don’t see this as wrong. Maybe this is how government will hear our cries. We have been talking to them and calling them, but they don’t hear us.”

The protest, which started at around 3am on Friday, caused major traffic jams near the OR Tambo International Airport.

Uber has called the incident unacceptable and says further investigations are underway.

WATCH: #HighwayProtest: Roads blocked and 2 Uber cars torched

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)