Makhura to intervene in Uber, taxi violence

A special task force will also be established to tackle violence between metered taxis and tech companies like Uber and Taxify.

Premier David Makhura, MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi, MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy, on Sunday met law enforcement agencies to discuss interventions to put an end to the ongoing violence between Uber and metered taxi drivers.

Makhura said that, since January, there had been nearly 300 attacks in the battle across the Gauteng Province.

Of this number, 204 attacks took place in Tshwane, 86 in Johannesburg and four in Ekurhuleni.

The types of crimes that have been committed include murder, attempted murder, arson, assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, theft, robbery, hijacking of vehicles and verbal intimidation. So far, 28 arrests have been made and 166 cases are under investigation at various police stations.

Makhura says government is ready to meet halfway public transport operators who want to obey the law by speeding up the process of issuing licenses. This not only affected metered taxi and Uber commuters, but all citizens. "Already we have seen 2,300 Uber operators making applications to us", said Makhura.

Makhura said although the killings in KwaZulu-Natal may be politically motivated, if the metered taxi and Uber drivers violence was not contained in Gauteng, the situation could turn ugly.

I am very disturbed with every case that happens that we will lose lots of lives.

"If this matter is allowed to continue we would have a situation where people are recruited to carry out hits, especially recruiting those who carry out political killings".

All operators of public transport operators should comply, this is in an effort to clamp down on illegal operators, he said.

Uber and metered taxi operators will now have to get permits to operate in Gauteng.

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