Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula have deployed law enforcement agencies to areas where violent attacks between meter taxis and Uber operators are rife.
The two transport organisations are at war due to claims by the ‘traditional’ meter taxis that Uber is stealing their business and operating illegally in South Africa due to a lack of regulation.
The Ministers appealed to the taxi drivers to refrain from “public spats that fuel and prolong tension”.
While government is in the process of finalising the National Land Transport Act Amendment Bill before Parliament, which will include e-hailing public transport services, the Ministers have called for calm.
Over a month ago, one Uber driver died after his car was set alight during an attack. On Tuesday, Maswanganyi was quoted by the ENCA: “This kind of behaviour which breeds intimidation and anarchy stands condemned and should not be allowed in our public transport system and our country in general.”
The officials have also urged the public to come forward with any information leading to the arrest of perpetrators of this violence at their nearest police station or the 10111 telephone line.
Maswanganyi is due to meet meter taxi and Uber operators for further intervention.