The on going feud between the Uber and Meter Taxi drivers has claimed its first life. Uber South Africa made an official report on monday morning that one of their drivers had lost his life after he was attacked. According to them, the man died from the injuries which he sustained. The attack happened near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10.
“He was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his car was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries,” said Uber SA spokesperson Samantha Allenberg in a statement.
The report revealed that the deceased had suffered serious burn wounds.
“This incident is deeply upsetting to all of us at Uber. This driver-partner is a part of our community. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,’’ she said.
The went further to say that they have been in touch with the family of the deceased since the incident occured, that they are supporting them in any way they can.
The Police representative, Captain Kay Makhubela said the Uber driver lost his life in the hospital and that the case was immediately changed from an attempted murder to murder by the police.
According to the Police, they are still in search of the suspects.
Uber revealed that they are working with the police currently on the murder case.The death of this man seems to be the first case of murder in an apparent ongoing feud between disgruntled drivers from both Uber and the meter taxi communities.
According to News24, there has been previous random attacks and destruction of properties since the beginning of the feud.
In the beginning of July, an Uber vehicle was set alight in Hatfield, Pretoria. While the driver managed to escape any serious injuries, the car was completely destroyed.
Although the driver said that he was an Uber driver but Uber driver SA said that he was not registered in their app.
Police said that they suspect that the attack was a retaliation for previous attacks on the Uber drivers.
The driver sustained little injuries and the people around were able to put off the fire before it got to the uncontrollable stage.
Uber SA has requested an urgent meeting with the Police Minister and the Minister of Transport to resolve this situation, while Gauteng Metered Taxi Association spokesperson Reuben Mzayiya told News24 that they have been in ongoing meetings with the department of transport addressing all the issues.
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