- A recent attack on an Uber driver in Ekurhuleni has been met with disapproval by Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo
- Mamabolo stated that the brutal beating of the driver was hampering the work the department has done so far to get rid of violence in the taxi industry
- A man identified by the name Mulalo was viciously beaten by two men who are said to be part of the Katlehong People’s Taxi Association
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EKURHULENI - Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo has expressed outrage at the attack of an uber driver in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni on Thursday.
It has been speculated that the e-hailing cab driver was attacked by people from the Katlehong People’s Taxi Association.
Mamabolo stated that the actions of the attackers amounted to an appalling level of hate and savagery. According to IOL, one man has been taken into police custody for the attack and the police are on the lookout for the second suspect.
Videos of the attack were shared on social media and trended on Twitter. The man who was severely beaten by the two assailants was identified as Mulalo. Following the beating, the men forced him into a car identified as Katlehong People’s Taxi Association vehicle.
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In the videos posted, Mulalo's car was seen damaged as well. It has been alleged that the men stole Mulalo's spare wheel and his money after he picked a client.
In a television interview with eNCA, Mamabolo stated that he plans to meet with members of the association to discuss the incident and condemn the violence. He explained that the recent violent attack stalled the work the department had done to root out violence in the taxi industry.
Mamabolo called on the police to arrest those involved in the attack of the driver.
Uber’s financing partner Moove raises R340 million to finance African Uber drivers
Briefly News previously reported that a mobility fintech company called Moove has raised more than R340 million to help finance cars for Uber drivers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Yahoo Finance, Moove is a car financing company that aims to install a credit-scoring mechanism for ride-hailing and logistics platforms such as Uber. This mechanism will help the company get data on potential drivers who may be in need of financing.
The data collected will include the number of car rides a driver completes which will help determine how much a driver makes a week. The company will also collect data on the drivers' driving capabilities. This information allows the company to decide whether or not a driver would be financed within five days.