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Uber management requests meeting with Mbalula to resolve violence

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 6 days ago Mia Lindeque

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula introducing Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba as the new Acting National Commissioner of Police at a media conference held at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape town. © GCIS Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula introducing Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba as the new Acting National Commissioner of Police at a media conference held at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape town. Uber management says they have requested a meeting with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to resolve the violence between their drivers and meter taxi operators.

Uber has called for an end to attacks on their drivers, calling them lawless and unacceptable.

On Monday morning several Uber operators said they were being targeted by meter taxi drivers, with many saying there are no measures to protect them.

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Uber’s Jonathan Ayache says: “We have that security line that is available to them and if it’s a specific hotspot, there should be security there.”

The minister earlier this month said that it is clear that the increase in violence within the taxi industry comes from people who are dissatisfied with Uber's strategy in advancing its own business.

The minister was speaking on the sidelines of his visit to the home of Sipho Mthethewa, a policeman who was killed on duty this week.

He says the metered taxi drivers need to become equally innovative in creating business.

“We will not be tolerant of people who do unlawful acts in terms of killing people and doing what they are doing to their competition. It is of concern and is high on our radar.”

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