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uberCape Argus reports that chaos erupted outside the Cape Town’s airport on Wednesday as angry Uber drivers protested because they were barred from operating at the airport by metered taxi drivers, whom they said intimidated them and incited violence against them.  

“They forced us to not come in the airport, and harassed us and damaged our cars,” one Uber driver said.  He claimed the situation had escalated so much so that drivers were fearful for their safety.  Uber drivers confronted metered taxi drivers on Wednesday but were stopped by police outside the airport and told to leave.  At the centre of Uber drivers’ frustration and anger is the delay in issuing operating permits by the city council.  Uber drivers claimed the reason they have not been issued permits was because there was a huge backlog.  Many of them have been waiting for almost four years for their permits to be issued.  Over the weekend, 74 Uber vehicles were impounded.  Mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, said there were various reasons why operating licences were not issued, which included SA Revenue Service documentation not being in order, home affairs documentation not being in order and vehicle ownership not being in order, among other issues..

  • Read this report by Marvin Charles in full at Cape Argus

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