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Uber and Taxify drivers unite in Cape Town protest

The general consensus shared by the drivers working for two services is that they are being exploited by their employers.

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The situation in Greenpoint, Cape Town seems calm but traffic was backed up two hours ago, with both Uber and Taxify drivers taking to the streets to voice out what appeared to be frustrations they have with their working conditions, according to Eyewitness News.

Disgruntled drivers are not having it anymore

The general consensus shared by the drivers working for two services is that they are being exploited by their employers.

One of the drivers was quoted saying “The condition is time-based…any type or form of charging is strictly prohibited in terms of this permit but Uber refused to increase their prices for the past five years”.

The protesting drivers were seen with placards posted on their car windows with messages reading “Enough is enough” and “Uber/Taxify must be regulated”.

Cops appear to put an end to the illegal gathering

This appears to have been an illegal protest as the police were present on site trying to disband the group.

Things quickly got out of hand after a driver – who has not been identified as an employee of either of the two e-hailing services – carrying passengers, was stopped and intimidated by protesters in the middle of the Somerset Rd in Greenpoint, causing traffic on the busy strip.

Uber global division dealing with bigger problems

It is not exactly clear whether or not these protesters are represented by any official labour union or what the next step is in this unusual case. Uber has not yet been available to comment on the matter.

Taxify, however, reached out to us to shed more light on their stance on the matter, saying that “having engaged with Taxify driver-partners in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and wanting to address their valid concerns, Taxify has responded by adjusting the rates it charges riders. These nominal rate changes have been implemented in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban already.”

Today, Uber is in the London courts, battling to win its license back so it can, once again, operate in the city. The company is also currently dealing with another case in the UK concerning one of its drivers who’s allegedly been involved in the killing of a pensioner.

The Uber driver drove into a 70-year-old man and sped away with a cracked windscreen, leaving the pensioner to die.

It remains to be seen how these two service companies will confront the issue of this protest.