About 200 Uber drivers in the Western Cape are currently on strike. This came after Uber South Africa announced that it will be cutting its prices by up to 20 percent - from R7 per kilometre to R6 per kilometre.
Yesterday there were reports that some drivers were attacked while having passengers in their vehicles.
According to one Uber driver, James, the attacks are done by fellow Uber driver who want all the drivers to go on strike and are acting against the drivers who continue working.
Listen to the full conversation below:
John also spoke to Jane who is a female Uber driver and she says that there is a problem with the way Uber management handles issues.
There is driver’s dissatisfaction and I think riders benefit from the services; Uber befits hugely and the drivers are caught in the middle because of desperate circumstances, and are not treated very well by Uber.— Jane, Uber driver
The reality is there are people who need to put food on the table and they are not that many jobs in society at the moment, so people have to do what they have to do… the alternatives are crime. Uber driving is one of the alternatives, frankly I’ll rather see people driving for Uber that doing crime.— Jane, Uber driver
Really, it is not a sustainable business model at all— Jane, Uber driver