Police open case of arson and public violence after Sandton taxi violence

Gauteng police say a case of public violence and arson after three vehicles were set alight near the Sandton Gautrain station on Thursday night.

Two ber cars were petrol bombed allegedly by meter taxi drivers.

Angry Uber drivers retaliated, attacking stationary meter taxi cars.

At least one meter taxi was torched near the Sandton convention Centre.

The police's Brigadier Mathapelo Peters says police will remain on scene to maintain calm.

Since this violence erupted we have had deployment of all law enforcement agencies, not only police but the metros and other security enforcement of today, because of what erupted last night we will probably deploy more people

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, Gauteng police

Meanwhile Uber management has condemned the violence.

Uber SA's General Manager Jonathan Ayache says none of the company's drivers were injured.

He has emphasised the need for law enforcement to intervene.

It has been consistent violence against them for months now and all they want to do is earn an income for their families without this fear of violence and intimidation

Jonathan Ayache, General Manager for Sub Saharan Africa for Uber

Any form of retaliation is unacceptable and against our community guidelines. The key thing is that we find a solution here and here we need policy makers and law enforcement to step in and make that happen without further violence.

Jonathan Ayache, General Manager for Sub Saharan Africa for Uber

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....


This article first appeared on 702 : Police open case of arson and public violence after Sandton taxi violence


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Uber drivers retaliate against meter taxis after two Uber vehicles torched

Uber drivers retaliate against meter taxis after two Uber vehicles torched

Uber drivers pelted meter taxis with stones on Thursday saying they are tired of the police not making an effort to protect them.

Customer battles to convey terrible Uber ride to management (outside of the App)

Customer battles to convey terrible Uber ride to management (outside of the App)

Why is it so hard to complain to Uber asks Natasha who says she cannot get hold of management to lodge a complaint.

It makes sense to ditch your car and use Uber if you travel less than 50km

It makes sense to ditch your car and use Uber if you travel less than 50km

MyTreasury.co.za did a study and found that using Uber saves money considering all the costs that come with owning a car.

In the safety driving seat? Uber ups security

In the safety driving seat? Uber ups security

Uber has amended its user policy to address the recent spike in attacks on its drivers who mostly receive cash payments.

"There are limited protections for Uber drivers"

"There are limited protections for Uber drivers"

Jo Pullett, senior analyst at Independent Industrial Corporation says there are few innovations available to protect Uber users.

Suspect arrested in connection with Uber acid attack

Suspect arrested in connection with Uber acid attack

Uber SA has reiterated that, while it tries to protect its drivers, crime-related incidents need to be dealt with by authorities.

Uber acid attack: "While I was screaming, he was laughing"

Uber acid attack: "While I was screaming, he was laughing"

Uber Driver, Kgomotso Tiro, recalls the horrific attack, where his face and hands were set alight.

Popular articles
Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

She faces ongoing complaints from rivals about having an "unfair advantage" on the track, but how fair is this proposed IAAF rule?

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Wattapac is a water-saving bladder and pump designed to help plumbers save as much as 1 000 litres of water a day.

'He raped me every day for a year when I was 8 years old'

'He raped me every day for a year when I was 8 years old'

A woman has penned her triumphant story of survival after being sexually abused by an uncle as a child.

Staff at CPT hospital threaten to resign after Parly visit

Staff at CPT hospital threaten to resign after Parly visit

Khayelitsha Hospital staff claim they were ill-treated in front of patients during a visit by a Parliamentary Select Committee.

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean has agreed to pay for customers medical bills after a month of being in pain and pestering the chain to pay the bill.