Testimony by witnesses from the e-hailing transport industry to the Competition Commission’s inquiry into SA’s land-based passenger transport market was given incognito on the fourth day of hearings held in Pretoria last week. This was done to protect the identities of the witnesses who feared for their lives, according to a Competition Commission, spokesman. The public was not permitted at the hearing and the media in attendance were forbidden from broadcasting or disseminating news from the venue while the hearing was in progress. The e-hailing witnesses may have been justified in making the request. Uber and Taxify drivers have been under violent attack, allegedly by metered taxi operators, since the app-based services gained popularity in SA. Several e-hailing vehicles have been set alight in incidents spanning more than two years and at least one Uber driver has been killed in apparent attacks by metered-taxi operators. Metered-taxi drivers have also blockaded freeways and enga...

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