Uber, metered taxis clash near King Shaka Airport
02 June 2016, 17:13
Durban – An argument broke out between an Uber and metered
taxi driver, resulting in one of them pointing a firearm at the other, near
King Shaka International Airport, police said on Thursday.
The two became involved in an argument at a Sasol petrol
station, Major Thulani Zwane said.
“It is alleged that one driver pointed a firearm at another,
but there was no shooting.”
A case was yet to be opened. Management at the petrol
station declined to comment.
KwaZulu-Natal Metered Taxi Association spokesperson Sizwe
Imvubu said they were investigating the matter.
“At this stage we are not sure of the circumstances or who
did what. Once we get a full report from the local metered taxi chairperson we
will comment on the matter.”
Tensions between metered taxi and Uber drivers have been
simmering since the internet-based ride-sharing app was introduced in South
Africa in 2013.
Last year, metered taxi drivers intimidated Uber drivers and
passengers outside Gautrain stations in Sandton and Centurion, in Gauteng, and
staged illegal protest against Uber over the service’s alleged “unfair
Last month, three metro police officials were injured when
metered taxi drivers stoned two Uber cars and two metro police cars in Sandton.
Metered taxi drivers chased and tried to assault Gauteng
Transport MEC Ismail Vadi at his office when he announced the start of the
process of issuing operating licences to Uber drivers.