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Taxi protests: SA Uber drivers targeted

2015-07-07 08:02

TAXI PROTEST: Taxi associations protest in Cape Town (above) and Johannesburg against Uber. Image: Fin24 / Dane McDonald

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Ride-hailing service Uber said on Monday (July 6) its drivers had faced intimidation in South Africa following a protest last week by members of metered taxi associations who say the online app competes unfairly for business.

Drivers of metered taxis harassed Uber drivers at the Sandton Gautrain station and Sandton City mall in Johannesburg, Uber said in a statement on its website.

SECURITY DEPLOYED

Uber said: "We have been engaging with law enforcement and the Gautrain Station to assist with stopping this intimidation. In addition we have deployed security to these hotspots."

Taxi associations on Friday (July 3) protested outside Uber's Johannesburg offices saying the personalised car service was ruining the economy with cut prices and mistreatment of its drivers.

The protests are the latest challenge for Uber, which has suffered strong opposition in Europe.

VIDEO: Cape Town Uber protest

Uber, whose backers include investment bank Goldman Sachs and technology giant Google, suspended its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France last week after it faced violent protests.

An Italian court in May banned unlicensed car-sharing services, two months after a German court issued a similar ban and imposed stiff fines for violations of local transport laws.

Born out of the frustration of two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs trying to catch a cab in Paris, Uber's services have mushroomed since being launched in 2010 and are offered in nearly 270 cities worldwide. It is valued in excess of R495-billion.


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