Uber and Meter Taxi Feud Claims Life of Driver

Postado Julho 17, 2017

Clashes broke out between the two groups, with metered taxi drivers accusing Uber of operating illegally.

The review calls for a new category of worker called a "dependent contractor" meaning that those Britons working for companies such as Uber and Deliveroo would receive more benefits.

Mashau's auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries and he was admitted to hospital in a serious condition.

"We would welcome greater clarity in the law over different types of employment status", he said.

MEC for Transport Donald Grant said he was "aware of a few cases of violence" against Uber drivers in Cape Town, "But I wasn't aware of how big it actually is".

"We have also hired additional security response teams in areas where our driver-partners and riders have reported intimidation", said Allenberg. "Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time", she said. "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.

Uber SA condemned the violent acts saying that these actions do not represent the entire industry and that the violence and intimidation against those who choose to use technology apps, like Uber, must stop.

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

The dispute is about unfair competition between the transport app giant and local meter taxis, which claim that Uber's vehicles are not roadworthy and not licensed.

Since arriving in South Africa in 2013, Uber drivers have faced regular violence and intimidation from traditional meter-taxi operators, who accused them of stealing their jobs.

The driver sustained minor burn wounds to his back and left arm.

There were two other incidents in which metered taxis were stoned and petrol bombed in Sunnyside on the same day.

The San Francisco-based firm said it had requested an urgent meeting with the police minister to address safety concerns.