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South African Uber and Metered Taxi Wars: Cars Torched

"Police are on scene and monitoring the situation", Masondo said.

The clashes are over operating routes, with the metered taxis saying that Uber has encroached into their turf.

On Friday, the Uber Drivers Movement, which represents about 700 Uber and Taxify drivers in South Africa, said despite repeated attempts to draw attention to their safety concerns, nothing has changed.

The minister's spokesperson Ismail Mnisi said: "We're now waiting for the conclusion of the investigations by the law enforcement officers".

"Last night in Sandton, a vehicle registered to use the Uber app was set on fire by unknown individuals".

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said that what happened Thursday night was "outside [his] direct jurisdiction", but many were unimpressed with the response. "We feel let down by Uber, the police and relevant authorities", she said.

"According to the drivers, they were sitting in the cars when a group of men poured petrol into the vehicles and set them alight", Masondo told The Daily Maverick.

South Africans took to Twitter to offer their support for Uber drivers, who they believe offer a better product. "We hope the provincial structures will appropriately handle".

Uber has condemned the violence between its drivers and meter taxi drivers. The SA Meter Taxi Association has persistently denied any involvement in the attacks on Uber drivers.



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