No confirmation if acid attack on Uber drivers is linked to meter taxi conflict

An Uber driver has been seriously burned in an attack by a passenger in East Town in Johannesburg.

It's understood the passenger threw a chemical substance onto the driver when they reached the drop-off point hijacked the Uber car and left the driver on the side of the road.

This is not the first reported incident.

Last week 702 listeners shared how in three different incidents, Taxify and Uber drivers had been doused and set alight in Randburg and surrounding areas.

READ: Listeners claim cab drivers under attack in Randburg

Co-founder of Uber Driver Movement, Theresa Munchik, says there is no indication whether the East Town incident is linked to the ongoing conflict between Uber and taxi meter drivers.

We have no proof or evidence of that at the moment.

Theresa Munchik, Co-Founder Uber Driver Movement

She says the movement has appealed to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to help curb attacks on e-hailing taxi drivers.

We have done a petition on change.org where we are appealing to the minister to take action on both meter taxi violence and on the hijackings, robberies at gun point non cash trips.

Theresa Munchik, Co-Founder Uber Driver Movement

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This article first appeared on 702 : No confirmation if acid attack on Uber drivers is linked to meter taxi conflict


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