Meter taxi drivers attack Uber and Gautrain security personnel

Antonio Bronic  Reuters

Antonio Bronic Reuters

She noted that drivers using the Uber app have access to a 24/7 local emergency line to use in the event they feel unsafe.

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.

Teresa Leslie-Munchick, spokesperson for the two groups (called The Movement), said Uber vehicles were under attack "almost on a daily basis" by meter taxis.

"We have also hired additional security response teams in areas where our driver-partners and riders have reported intimidation", said Allenberg.

Uber South Africa confirmed on Monday morning that one of their "driver-partners" died from injuries he sustained during an attack near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10.

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"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this hard time and we will continue to offer our support.We are assisting the police in their investigation in every way possible". "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.

"We know drivers want more security too which is why we're already investing in discounted illness and injury cover, and will be introducing further improvements soon", said Andrew Byrne, Head of Policy for Uber in the UK.

News24 understands that dozens of cases of malicious damage to property have been opened by both Uber and meter taxi drivers in recent months after their vehicles have been stoned, petrol bombed or set alight.

Clashes broke out between the two groups at the Sandton Gautrain station on Monday afternoon, with metered taxi drivers accusing Uber of operating illegally.

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

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