30 Joburg metered taxi drivers arrested following violent protest

The motive behind the blockade on the R21 and R24 near the OR Tambo International Airport in the wee hours of Friday morning is still not clear as well as who is responsible for the protests.

At least 30 people were arrested on various charges including public violence.

EWN reporter Mia Lindeque says while at the scene one of the metered taxi drivers told her that this was the only way to getting government to listen to them and ban Uber.

They are saying that they operate unfairly, their tariffs are not competitive and they want them to leave.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

The reason why they barricaded the R21 and R24 is because it's the main road leading to the airport and Uber drivers use the same route to fetch clients from the airport.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

According to Lindeque, two Uber vehicles were torched and a female passenger assaulted. The protestors also took two phones that belonged to the passengers.

Uber had said they are looking into these cases.

Traffic in the area, which was heavily affected in the morning, is flowing normally again.

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