Taxify driver mistaken for Uber driver survives petrol-bombing

The remains of a burnt Taxify taxi that had allegedly been attacked and petrol-bombed. The driver managed to escape, leaving the car to roll down the road and stop against an apartment building fence, 21 June 2017, Sunnyside, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The remains of a burnt Taxify taxi that had allegedly been attacked and petrol-bombed. The driver managed to escape, leaving the car to roll down the road and stop against an apartment building fence, 21 June 2017, Sunnyside, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The driver managed to narrowly escape the fate that befell an Uber driver earlier this month.

A Taxify taxi driver managed to escape fatal injuries when he jumped out of his car after it was allegedly petrol-bombed in Sunnyside, Pretoria, on Wednesday afternoon.

According to witnesses, the white Honda had stopped on the corner of Justice Mohamed and Johnston to drop off a passenger.

Another vehicle following behind apparently threw a petrol bomb at the taxi. The driver jumped out of the vehicle, leaving the flaming car to roll down Johnston Street.

The Taxify vehicle nearly collided with a school bus carrying learners before stopping against the fence of an apartment building.

The owner of the vehicle, who wished to remain anonymous, said the driver was taken to Medforum Hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

“They attacked him thinking it’s an Uber. He is currently in hospital but apparently these attacks have been happening a lot lately,” she said.

Police were called to the scene but a docket was not yet opened.

Earlier this month, an Uber taxi driver was critically injured when he was burnt after his vehicle was set on fire near the Loftus Versveld Stadium.

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