Twitter reacts: Escalated Uber and metered taxis battle

2017-09-08 10:38 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - After two Uber cars were set alight on Thursday in an ongoing fight between Uber drivers and metered taxis, Twitter chose sides.

Videos of the burning Uber cars were widely spread across social media and news outlets, as police were placed on high alert last evening. The cars were set alight near a Gautrain station, and the two drivers escaped unharmed.

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The Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo told News24 that the drivers were in their cars when a group of men ambushed their vehicles, pouring petrol over them and setting the cars on fire.

Uber drivers started retaliating against metered taxis, with South Africa National Taxi Council (SANTACO) spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa citing "unequal competition" from Uber is the cause of the conflict.

The Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi has also denounced the acts of violence. He stated that to ensure a safe environment for both the public and public transport operators, the Law Enforcement Agencies "will continuously monitor all the identified hot-spots to prevent these acts of intimidation and violence".

Twitter lit up with people's opinions of the whole saga, leaning heavily in favour of Uber.

Some cited the lack of service from metered taxis.

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Many were wondering why other companies in competition with each other aren't as violent.

A few shared their support for the metered taxis.

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There was also largely consensus that Uber users won't use metered taxis even if the service didn't exist. 

There was also the view the metered taxis just need to step up their game.

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