Uber and metered taxi feud continues
IT REMAINS unclear if it was Uber or metered taxis that were damaged in separate incidents across Tshwane in the past few days.
According to police, two Uber vehicles were set alight in Sunnyside, while metered taxi operators claimed four of their cars were damaged.
Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo told The Star’s sister paper, the Pretoria News, yesterday that three men were arrested after two Uber taxis were set alight in Sunnyside on Wednesday.
He said metered taxi operators from the Railway and Tulleken streets rank had gathered near the Pretoria Gautrain Station to stop Uber drivers from operating.
However, police managed to calm the situation before the rivals clashed. “When we heard what was happening we attended to the situation which we managed to control.
“However, we realised the situation had escalated when we received a complaint that Uber vehicles had been burnt in Sunnyside,” he said.
Masondo said they rushed there and found a grey Toyota Corolla burnt at the corner of Jeff Masemola and Van der Walt streets, and another near Jeff Masemola and Thabo Sehume streets.
He said Public Order Policing members raced to the scene where they arrested three suspects. “The three men have been charged with malicious damage to property,” Masondo said. The men were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court today.
However, secretary of the Gauteng Meter Taxi Council Hendrick Ndou said the damaged vehicles were theirs and not Uber taxis. “Four metered taxis were vandalised in Sunnyside; three had broken windows and other damages while the other was petrol-bombed,” he said.
Police in Wierdabrug are also investigating a murder case after a taxi marshall was shot in Centurion. The 40-yearold was attacked by two armed men.
Police spokesperson Bonginkosi Msimango said the two walked up to the marshall and confronted him, shooting him several times.
Provincial metered taxi operators want the Uber service to be discontinued, arguing that it is unfair to other operators. Among their issues were the fares charged for trips covering the same distance.