Uber driver dies after attack on vehicle in South Africa

Antonio Bronic  Reuters

"While we continue to provide you with statements and interviews around these issues, many of your questions can and should be directed to those whose responsibility it is to ensure people can move around their cities; safely and reliably and without limitation", it said.

Uber confirmed on Monday that one of their "driver-partners" died from injuries he sustained during an attack near Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10 this year.

"Those vehicles are not licensed to operate in certain areas and it gives the impression that Uber drivers can do as they wish", he said.

An Uber driver in South Africa died of severe burns on Monday after his auto was set on fire amid concerns about threats from metered cab drivers who think the ride-hailing company is taking their business.

"He was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his auto was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries", said Uber SA spokesperson Samantha Allenberg in a statement. This driver-partner is a part of our community. Our thoughts are with his family during this hard time, " she said.

We have a team of former law enforcement professionals who are working with the Police to support their investigation.

The driver was in his auto when it was torched outside Loftus Versveld in Pretoria five weeks ago.

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It was not confirmed who was behind the attack.

There have been several attacks between Uber vehicles and metered taxi drivers, but this is the first time a driver has died.

"We are aware of the intimidation against driver-partners and riders at the Gautrain Stations across Gauteng".

Uber SA condemned the violent acts saying that these actions do not represent the entire industry and that the violence and intimidation against those who choose to use technology apps, like Uber, must stop.

Allenberg said that while Uber tries all it can to ensure drivers' safety, it can't do it alone and will need to work together with government and security entities to do this.

"The police have not been helpful at all and we made a decision to start the petition because we need the public's help", she said.

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