If you don’t stop Uber, we will stop them ourselves, meter taxi drivers warn
Meter taxi operators have upped the tempo in their fight to have Uber stopped from operating in the country.
Hundreds of them marched to the Department of Transport in Tshwane on Wednesday‚ demanding the expulsion of Uber.
The three-wheeled tuk tuks have also become a target of the operators. "If you fail to stop them‚ we’re going to stop them ourselves‚" they shouted, after handing over their memorandum of demands.
For many months, meter taxi operators have raged against Uber, saying it was pushing them out of business. Johannesburg meter taxi operators joined forces with their Pretoria counterparts for Wednesday’s march.
The march began at an open space near the Marabastad bus terminal‚ where scores of private cars were left.
Under the watchful eye of police‚ the operators sang protest songs outside the transport department. They walked back to Marabastad peacefully.
Their memorandum gave the department 14 working days to act against Uber and the tuk tuks. Read by Mang-Mang Nkadimeng‚ the memorandum said that Uber and the tuk tuks were operating illegally on the country’s roads.
"Uber‚ a foreign company‚ is allowed to bully us as people of this country‚" said Nkadimeng.
Members of the EFF and Black First Land First joined the march in solidarity.
"We’re supporting the operators because they want their businesses protected. Uber is an international app‚ while as the EFF, we speak about the protection of local industries‚" said MoAfrika Mabogwana‚ deputy chairperson of the EFF in Tshwane.
The operators vowed to march to the transport department again if it did not give them a satisfactory response within 14 working days.