PRETORIA – While Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says that violence by metered taxi operators will not be tolerated and those carrying out attacks against Uber drivers will be arrested, he says that their concerns must be addressed.
Violent clashes between the groups have escalated in the last month, with confrontations near the airport and Gautrain stations.
A driver, whose car was firebombed in Sunnyside two weeks ago, died on Monday as a result of the injuries he sustained.
Mbalula says that violence will simply not be tolerated.
“There’s nobody who’s got the right to kill or to do anything to anyone because they disagree. The state, led by the police, must arrest those people.”
He says that metered taxi drivers must be heard.
“And we need to talk to them because they are our brothers. Our people, as much as we grew up, this is black industry they have lived on taxis.”
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi condemned the violence, saying he too will soon meet with the metered taxi association and Uber to try to resolve the conflict.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)