An Uber driver has been lethally shot and killed in South Africa while he was sitting in the cab in Cape Town at 5 a.m. on Friday. The suspected attack might just have a connection to the protest against Uber in SA.
However, no arrests have been made until now. Police officials are laying down the probe to discover the exact motive behind the death of the driver.
After conversing with the authorities, Uber said that as of now, no link was found between the death and the fact that the driver was working for Uber, which is facing criticism in SA.
The ride-hailing service said that it is in touch with driver’s family and is ready to support them as well.
On Wednesday, Uber broadened up its services in African cities of Abuja, Nigeria, Mombasa and Kenya by launching its app.
Since the day Uber has entered the South African market, the rage and criticism coming from conventional services have gone up against the service.
The day Uber introduced its services in Mombasa, an Uber taxi was set ablaze in the capital Nairobi. It was the second incident perpetrated against the service in the past weeks.
According to Kenyan police, a man booked an Uber cab and directed the driver to a strange alley. The driver sensed something fishy when he saw four men coming towards the cab. They attacked him, but he managed to escape but his cab was burnt.
Another incident was reported where the driver narrowly escaped after four men set the car on fire by pouring gas on it. Good thing, the driver was also able to escape the scene.
“We are determined to end this madness where people are maliciously attacking and damaging other people’s property,” said Japheth Koome, Nairobi’s police chief in a report by USA Today.
Moreover, conventional drivers in Nairobi have criticised the unfair competition brought by Uber. They have requested Kenyan authorities to cut its operations. Kenyan authorities, on the other hand, denied the request and said they will work towards a new draft to regulate the taxi services.
In South Africa, this month the cabinet came up with National Land Transport Amendment Bill, which allowed Uber to avail its services as a “metered taxi operator,” according to a report by BDLive.
The app-based service was also launched in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.