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Uber driver dies a month after his vehicle was set alight in brutal attack

Awful news.


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Uber drivers in South Africa often face hostility while trying to do their jobs. One driver has died of severe burns after his vehicle was set on fire in an attack last month.

His car was torched outside Loftus Versveld in Pretoria, with the attack allegedly perpetrated by meter taxi drivers.

According to Uber, the driver was attacked by a small group of unknown individuals and his car was set alight while he was in the vehicle, leading to him sustaining serious injuries.

ENCA reports:

The Uber Drivers Movement says he was recovering but died unexpectedly on Monday morning. The movement says he was targeted during an ongoing turf war between Uber and meter taxi drivers.

The driver has not been named by the media.

Uber Africa spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic news. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this difficult time and we will continue to offer our support. We are assisting the police in their investigation in every way possible.”

“This incident is deeply upsetting to all of us at Uber. This driver-partner is a part of our community. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. We have a team of former law enforcement professionals who are working with the police to support their investigation.

According to Uber South Africa, security response teams have been hired to “provide additional support to drivers”.

Allenburg called on law enforcement to assist to help curb the attacks on drivers.