Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Police investigate murder case after burnt Uber driver dies

Police investigate murder case after burnt Uber driver dies

He was rushed to a hospital where he was admitted and treated for his injuries, but according to the Uber Drivers' Movement, a collective of drivers, Mashau passed this morning. The company is requesting an urgent meeting with the police and transport ministers.

Uber has confirmed the driver's death and issued a statement.

In May past year, shots were fired in Johannesburg's Sandton financial district as drivers attacked Uber counterparts in a territorial dispute between workers for the U.S. ride-hailing service and traditional taxi motorists.

"I think they had bad intentions", said Ndou. "Now if you find them coming towards your rank with a convoy, definitely you know that they can't be coming in a good way because we are not friends".

"We are doing all we can to assist in preventing incidents and provide assistance to driver-partners and riders, but we cannot do this alone - authorities and policy makers need to take a stronger stand to help prevent and condemn these awful crimes".

Ndou said the council condemns violence and intimidation of any kind but that it was clear that groups within both Uber and the meter taxis were at war with one another.

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"We are aware of the intimidation against driver-partners and riders at the Gautrain Stations across Gauteng". This driver-partner is a part of our community.

Allenberg said using violence and intimidation to limit consumer choice was unacceptable.

Uber has hired private security to protect drivers and customers at violent hot spots such as the Gautrain station in Sandton in northern Johannesburg, Jonathan Ayache, the service's general manager in the country, said on Johannesburg-based broadcaster Talk Radio 702 Monday.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said: "We will be changing the case from attempted murder to murder and malicious damage to property and our investigation continues".

According to a seperate press release sent out by the company, the driver was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries.

"No arrests have been made".

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