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CPT police arrest suspect in connection with recent Uber robberies

A Cape Town man has been arrested in connection with recent attacks on Uber drivers.

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A Cape Town man that was allegedly involved in the robberies of Uber drivers has recently been arrested. The arrest took place on 1 July.

The 24-year-old is expected to appear in Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate Court. He is expected to take part in an identity parade on Wednesday 3 July. According to the Daily Voice, the man, named Taufeeq Roland, is facing charges of armed robbery, abduction and hijacking.

South African Police Spokesperson, Siyabulela Malo, stated that Roland is currently in police custody.

“This office can confirm that a 24-year-old male has been arrested in connection with robberies of Uber drivers. The charges range from carjacking to armed robbery and abduction. The suspect is allegedly linked to seven case dockets of this nature.”

Caught with Uber account

The suspect was caught through tracing the Tafelsig address he used to order a lift home. As a result, the police had found stolen phones during the arrest.

Dangers for Cab and Uber drivers

During an evening in March this year a cab driver was allegedly attacked. Three armed robbers had allegedly taken his silver Toyota Corolla.

Therefore, the authorities later discovered the burned vehicle later. SAPS spokesperson, Siyabulelo Malo, confirmed that the case is under investigation.

“A case of carjacking has been opened for investigation with no arrests made so far.”

In an appeal to the public, Malo asked that anyone with information about the case come forward.

The Uber company could not confirm that the cab driver was an Uber driver.

“We cannot comment because without a name or number plate, we cannot verify whether it is, in fact, an Uber driver.”

Previous attacks on drivers

The arrest of Roland was one of the latest cases in which Uber or cab drivers face danger in their work. Again in March this year, an alleged Uber driver was stabbed by his passengers.

The driver had allegedly fetched a woman and three men from a restaurant in Blaauwberg Road and was taking them home to Brooklyn. 

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut confirmed in a Daily Voice report that the incident had taken place. However, no arrests had been made at that time.

“When they got to the house, the woman went inside to fetch the money to pay but never came out and the three guys decided to jump him. They took two cellphones and cash.”