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Uber Driver Dies in Taxi 'War' in South Africa

  • VOA Staff

Uber and meter taxi drivers fight over passengers.

A Uber driver has been killed in South Africa following fierce clashes between Uber and ‘traditional’ meter taxi drivers over taxi operations.

According to various press reports, the unidentified Uber driver died near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on Monday, almost a month after his vehicle was set on fire by unknown assailants.

Taxi wars escalate in South Africa.
Taxi wars escalate in South Africa.

A police spokesperson has been quoted as saying the Uber driver, who suffered serious burns, died at a local hospital.

Police are still looking for the assailants expected to face murder charges as taxi wars continue in that nation.

Many Zimbabweans bought new cars to ferry passengers when Uber was introduced in South Africa last year.

Uber drivers clash with meter taxi drivers.
Uber drivers clash with meter taxi drivers.

Meter taxi owners and drivers are accusing Uber drivers of killing their business. Similar clashes occurred early this year.

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