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gautengNews24 reports that law enforcement agencies have vowed to resolve the ongoing war between metered taxis drivers and Uber and Taxify drivers.  

Officers from the Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) and officials from the Gauteng Department of Community Safety on Tuesday briefed the Gauteng legislature's Committee on Roads and Transport on plans to deal with violence between taxi drivers.  The provincial police commissioner and also the Tshwane metro police had been invited to brief the committee, but neither had been able to attend.  The briefing came after the body of Siyabonga Ngcobo, a Taxify driver, was found in the boot of a burnt car in Pretoria last Thursday night.  Department of Community Safety's Xolisa Mdigwane explained how the war began:  "The reason that the violence between the Uber and the metered taxi drivers flared up [was that] metered taxi drivers felt that government favoured Uber over them.  They felt that there was this big monster that was coming to take away their livelihoods."  That was followed by several attacks.  Officials will be meeting on 15 March to work on a way forward on the matter.

  • Read this report by Amanda Khoza in full at News24
  • Read too, Gauteng traffic cops working with SAPS to stop violence against Uber drivers, at Timeslive


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