Uber driver re­moved after beat­ing man, 71

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Uber SA has con­firmed that the man who was caught on CCTV cam­era beat­ing a 71-year-old el­derly man to a pulp in the park­ing lot of OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Jo­han­nes­burg is one of their driv­ers.

“What’s been de­scribed is hor­ri­ble and some­thing no-one should ever go through. Our thoughts are with the fam­ily dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time and we will con­tinue to stay in touch with them to of­fer our sup­port‚” Uber’s Sa­man­tha Al­len­berg said.

“This vi­o­lent and ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. Upon learn­ing of this‚ we im­me­di­ately re­moved the driver’s ac­cess to the app.

“We have been in close con­tact with law en­force­ment to pro­vide them with as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble‚ which has led to the sus­pect’s ar­rest‚” she said.

The vic­tim sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries in the brawl.

“Our in­for­ma­tion is that the man re­mains in hospi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion‚ hav­ing suf­fered head in­juries in the al­ter­ca­tion‚” air­port spokesper­son Leigh Gunkel-Keuler said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

“We ex­tend our sym­pa­thy and sup­port to the in­jured man and his fam­ily.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

“The 71-year-old man who was in­jured had gone to the air­port to fetch a rel­a­tive‚” said Colonel Vishnu Naidoo.

The air­port said the al­ter­ca­tion took place on Sun­day at 10.12am‚ ap­par­ently over a park­ing space in front of the air­port ter­mi­nal build­ing.

“Air­port man­age­ment has viewed video footage of the in­ci­dent. The video shows that an al­ter­ca­tion broke out be­tween a driver in a green SUV and a driver in a gold ve­hi­cle.

“The video shows that the SUV driver got out of his ve­hi­cle and kicked the fender of the gold ve­hi­cle.”

The driver of the gold ve­hi­cle got out and the two men ar- gued‚ then be­gan throw­ing punches.

The air­port said an air­port se­cu­rity of­fi­cer pa­trolling the lower road­way in­ter­vened within one minute of the in­ci­dent.

The driver of the gold ve­hi­cle then went into the pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal build­ing and re­turned with two people and their lug­gage. While the driver of the gold ve­hi­cle was load­ing lug­gage into the boot‚ the driver of the green SUV re­turned and re­sumed the con­fronta­tion.

Punches were again thrown‚ as the air­port se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at­tempted to sep­a­rate the in­di­vid­u­als.

Dur­ing the brawl‚ the driver of the SUV fell to the ground. The driver of the gold ve­hi­cle then drove off.

The air­port said its se­cu­rity of­fi­cer could be seen in the video at­tempt­ing to sep­a­rate the in­di­vid­u­als through­out the al­ter­ca­tion‚ which lasted about four min­utes. – TimesLIVE

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