Uber suspends Sandton service after violent attack outside Gautrain station

20 May 2016 - 17:32 By TMG Digital

A pop-up notification on the Uber app states that: “As rider and driver partner safety is our top priority‚ we have temporarily suspended service in the Sandton area”.WATCH: Shots fired as police respond to anti-Uber violence in SandtonJohan Visagé caught footage of shots being fired as police responded to an Uber Protest in Sandton. The suspension appears to have kicked in immediately‚ as a check for a car in Sandton shows that the nearest car is 15 minutes away. This comes after metered taxi drivers attacked an Uber driver and passenger at about midday‚ outside the Sandton Gautrain station‚ on West Street.Emer-G-Med paramedics said police officers arrived at the scene‚ and while trying to bring order‚ were shot at and assaulted with stones.This afternoon just after 12.30pm EMER-G-MED paramedics responded to reports of a shooting outside the Sandton Gautrain...Posted by Emer-G-Med (Pty) Ltd on Friday, May 20, 2016“Three police officers and two drivers were injured‚ fortunately sustaining only minor injuries. Two vehicles were badly damaged during the situation‚” the emergency service said in a statement. “They were treated on-scene before being transported to various nearby hospitals for further treatment.”Metro police spokesman Wayne Minnaar confirmed one of their vehicles was also damaged during the altercation.Video posted to YouTube by Tyron Hunter“Three metro police officers were injured and they were taken to Milkpark hospital. It is not yet clear why the attack took place‚” said Minnaar.He added that West Street and Rivonia Road were affected and had been closed off.According to eye-witnesses‚ an Uber driver was collecting a client next to a Gautrain station when he was attacked by four meter taxi drivers.The Uber vehicle was pelted with stones and its windows and front bumper were also damaged. The driver and a passenger managed to escape unharmed.No arrests have been made and investigations are under way.On Monday‚ Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi was attacked and assaulted by a group of angry metered taxi drivers at a briefing.Uber South Africa said on its Twitter feed on Friday that: “We are aware of the intimidation occurring at Sandton Gautrain Station and are taking all of the necessary steps to resolve this issue as soon as possible. We are working with private security‚ JMPD‚ SAPS‚ Gautrain and all other relevant stakeholders as we're deeply committed to rider and driver safety”.The company added: “Driver partners have access to an emergency line in the event that they feel unsafe in any way”.

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