Shocking!!! Uber driver dies after his vehicle was torched

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This weekend, an Uber driver died after a June 10 attack by an unidentified group of people in which his auto was set alight and he sustained injuries, the service said in an emailed statement on Monday.

Meter taxi drivers demand that Uber taxis be subject to regulations, saying the taxi- hailing app has had a negative effect on their business.

The violent feud between Uber and meter taxi drivers has claimed its first murder.

This incident is deeply upsetting to all of us at Uber.

Uber South Africa confirmed on Monday morning that one of their "driver-partners" died from injuries he sustained during an attack near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10. This driver-partner is a part of our community.

It said that in the time being it would continue to provide additional security measures around the stations, but noted that Uber was "not a security company" and needed law enforcement and the police minister to get involved and help solve the issue as soon as possible.

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"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this hard time and we will continue to offer our support.We are assisting the police in their investigation in every way possible".

"We know that these actions do not represent the entire industry, however, this violence and intimidation against those who choose to use technology apps, like Uber, must stop", Uber said. "We have a team of former law enforcement professionals who are working with the police to support their investigation‚" Allenberg said.

An Uber driver who was seriously injured when his vehicle was set alight in Pretoria last month, has succumbed to his injuries.

The victim's vehicle was set alight while he was inside, leading to serious injuries, said Uber.

Clashes broke out between the two groups at the Sandton Gautrain station on Monday afternoon, with metered taxi drivers accusing Uber of operating illegally.

Police say metered taxi drivers need to take their objections on Uber up with the relevant transport authorities.

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