The fault does not lie with Uber driver partners - Uber SA GM Alon Lits

Petrol bombs were used on Thursday evening by metered taxi drivers to set alight a Uber taxi, in what has been an ongoing feud between the two taxi services. The targeted Uber taxi drivers then retaliated with the same violent attacks.

Alon Lits, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber says they have been speaking to regulators for well over three years about operating licenses.

This is not a new issue, Uber driver partners are doing all they can to ensure they can get the requisite operating licenses.

Alon Lits, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

The fault does not lie with Uber driver partners.

Alon Lits, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

We condemn violence but you have to understand there is frustration out there. Uber partner drivers have been victims of intimidation by meter taxi operators for months now.

Alon Lits, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

Lits says although government has condemned the violence they have not done enough to bring an end to the intimidation. Lits denies the situation being out of control.

We met with the minister of transport in July, since then there has been around two hundred cases of intimidation opened yet there hasn't been a single arrest.

We've been speaking to policy makers, we spent millions of rands on private security to ensure the safety of our driver partners.

Alon Lits, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

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