Uber, Taxify vehicles torched in Sandton

Uber, Taxify vehicles torched in Sandton

An investigation has been launched into a spate of attacks in Sandton on Thursday evening.

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Uber and Taxify vehicles had been petrol-bombed on West Street near the Gautrain station.

A third vehicle had been torched nearby. It's believed the vehicle belongs to a metered taxi driver.

A fourth vehicle had been damaged.

Provincial police spokesperson Mavela Masondo says it appears the attacks are as a result of the ongoing violence between metered taxi and taxi app drivers.

A Taxify driver, who spoke to Jacaranda FM News on condition of anonymity, says he was sitting in his vehicle when an Uber driver behind him was attacked by an angry mob.

On attempting to flee - the 25-year-old Taxify driver says he was ambushed.

He recalls how be quickly tried to escape and managed to get away unharmed.

The Taxify driver then watched in horror as his vehicle and means of income went up in flames. 

He says he's been a driver partner with the taxi app service for just over four months.

Masondo says no arrests have been made: "We are trying to establish who the culprits are."

Police say they're concerned about the escalating violence.

A metered taxi driver who was at the scene says Uber and Taxify drivers should be subjected to the same regulations as him and his peers in the industry.

Witnesses say a group of men travelling in a VW and Quantum are behind the attacks.

No one was injured.

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Several bystanders posted videos and photos of the vehicle going up in flames.

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