Sandton police have adopted extreme caution after two Uber cabs were petrol bombed in the late hours of Thursday evening, fearing that violence between Uber drivers and metered taxi drivers could flare up again.
The two Uber cars were near the Gautrain Station when the incident occurred, potential placing many people in danger. The attack was allegedly undertaken by metered taxi drivers at around 7pm on Thursday night.
Furious Uber drivers then retaliated and moved around Sandton, attacking stationary meter taxi cars and those moving past the area.
At least one metered taxi was torched near the Sandton Convention Centre.
Police have been here since Thursday night, ensuring that the situation doesn’t get out of control. One SAPS car is parked here on West Street.
Officers are patrolling the area on foot and still taking statements from witnesses and those involved in last night’s violence.
There’s no sign of the torched cars and it is business as usual as people make their way to and from the Gautrain Station.
Only one metered taxi has been spotted around the corner from the station.
Police say that no one was injured when the cars were petrol bombed last night and no one has yet been arrested.
Meanwhile, Uber's General Manager in South Africa, Jonathan Ayache, says that they are disappointed that police are not doing enough to act on violence against its operators.
Ayache says policy makers and law enforcement must step in.
“I can’t imagine how frustrated Uber drivers must be at the moment. I mean it’s been consistent violence against them for months and all that they want to do is earn an income to provide for their families without fear of violence and intimidation.
“But any form of retaliation is unacceptable and it’s against our company guidelines.”