South Africa 17.7.2017 10:46 am

Uber driver burnt in car last month succumbs to injuries

The driver’s car was set alight, allegedly by metered taxi drivers, outside Loftus Stadium last month.

Uber taxi driver Lindelani Mashau, who was attacked near Loftus last month after a Springbok test match in Pretoria, has died.

Uber said at the time that initial investigations had found “one of our driver-partners was in Pretoria when he was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals”.

The victim was initially not identified.

Mashau’s car was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries and he was admitted to hospital in a serious condition.

Uber said last month that they were continuing with the implementation of safety features such as GPS tracking of every trip.

They said they had hired “additional security response teams in areas where our driver-partners and riders have reported intimidation” and called for more support from the authorities and policy makers to help “prevent and condemn these terrible crimes”.

Meanwhile, Samantha Allenberg, Uber spokesperson, said they are aware of the intimidation against driver-partners and riders at Gautrain Stations across Gauteng.

“We have private security on site monitoring and managing the situation as best as possible, to ensure reliable pickup and drops off.

Using violence and intimidation to limit consumer choice is unacceptable to us, to anyone for that matter. We have requested an urgent meeting with the police minister and the minister of transport to resolve this situation and we are still waiting for their response.

 

 

“That a few metered taxi operators are choosing violence and threats against those bringing choice in transportation is unacceptable.”

 

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