The general manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits has launched a petition that seeks the attention of the Transport Minister Joe Maswang anyi and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula demanding immediate action on the recent flood of attack on Uber drivers(associates).
Alon Lits who is Peeved with the violence against Uber drivers(associates) has said this incident is becoming unabated that, Two Vehicles that was certain to be Uber taxis where set ablaze around Gautrain station axis on Thursday evening.
“Like all South Africans, driver-partners using the Uber app want to exercise their freedom to do their jobs and earn a living for their families without fear of intimidation and violence. Says the petition”However, the authorities and regulators whose responsibility it is to protect the citizens of this country and their consumer choice, are not taking firm enough action against violent criminals, and the violence against drivers choosing technology apps such as Uber ,” the petition which already has 20,970 supporters at 12:30 pm on Saturday in the petition on Change.org
Lits said “We continue to do all we can to assist in preventing incidents, spending millions of rands on private security for driver-partners. However, we are not law enforcement, and government and police need to step in and take a stronger stand to end this violence and intimidation against those bringing progress and choice in the industry,” and have recorded over 200 events as these since July. He had series of discussions with regulators and policy makers and still proofs abortive because there hasn’t been any arrests.
“The Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula have made a number of statements that they denounced acts of violence, torching of vehicles and intimidation.
“However little has been done to stop this criminal activity, and some metered taxi operators continue their violent acts in an effort to dictate how the citizens of Johannesburg choose to move around their city.