Meter taxi drivers attack Uber and Gautrain security personnel

Uber, which operates in a sector which thrives off self-employed people working simultaneously for different employers without fixed contracts, said its drivers already earned on average more than the living wage of 7.50 pounds ($9.68) an hour but it would go further.

In May a year ago, shots were fired in Johannesburg's Sandton financial district as drivers attacked Uber counterparts in a territorial dispute between workers for the United States ride-hailing service and traditional taxi motorists.

"We have also hired additional security response teams in areas where our driver-partners and riders have reported intimidation", said Allenberg. "We have private security on site monitoring and managing the situation as best as possible, to ensure reliable pickup and drops off", Uber Africa spokesperson, Samantha Allenberg said. Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time.

Police are still looking for the suspects and investigations are ongoing said Makhubela.

An Uber driver who was seriously injured when his vehicle was set alight in Pretoria last month, has succumbed to his injuries.

"We know that these actions do not represent the entire industry, however, this violence and intimidation against those who choose to use technology apps, like Uber, must stop", Uber said.

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The driver told police he was an Uber driver, however, Uber SA said the vehicle was not registered on their app.

Following the incident that occurred outside the Sandton Gautrain station, tension has escalated between meter taxi drivers and Uber in Johannesburg.

The victim's auto was set alight while he was inside, leading to serious injuries, said Uber. Bystanders managed to douse the flames in the taxi before it caused any major damage.

Both sides argue that the feud emanates for regulations and turf.

Police say metered taxi drivers need to take their objections on Uber up with the relevant transport authorities.

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