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newsNews24 reports that two Taxify vehicles were set alight in Sunnyside, Pretoria, on Wednesday afternoon amid ongoing taxi violence in the province.  

The first vehicle was set alight when a driver of the ride-sharing service was called to pick up a passenger and, while waiting inside his vehicle, he was approached by a group of around eight men who threatened him with violence.  A "flammable substance" was used to set the vehicle alight and it burnt out completely.  The driver escaped unharmed.  The second vehicle was set alight later the afternoon.  It was parked outside a building when seven men approached the driver.  The vehicle was also set alight with a flammable substance and partially damaged.  The driver sustained no injuries.  Several Uber and Taxify vehicles have been set alight in Gauteng in the past four months in what is believed to be a battle for territory with metered taxi drivers.  SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa previously maintained that the violence was sparked by "unequal competition" from Uber.

  • Read this report by James de Villiers in full at News24


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