Uber deploying security to 'intimidation hotspots' to protect drivers, says GM

Tshwane police are now investigating a case of murder following the death of an Uber driver who was burnt inside his vehicle.

Lindelani Mashau was in his car when it was petrol bombed last month in Pretoria.

He was in ICU for several weeks and succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning.

It's alleged that Mashau was targeted during an ongoing turf war between Uber and metered taxi drivers.

Read: Uber reaches out to government to resolve driver intimidation

Meanwhile, Uber General Manager Alon Lits says the ride-hailing app is trying to do everything in its power to protect drivers.

He cited visible security and a special emergency hotline as some of the measures to ensure driver safety.

There is security deployed in hotspots where we know intimidation is occurring.

Alon Lits, General Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

In addition, drivers have access to a 24/7 emergency number which they can call if they feel threatened in any way. Armed response will then be sent to help.

Alon Lits, General Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

We are doing what we can, but we are not law enforcement.

Alon Lits, General Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

Lits says some of the intimidation hotspots are near Gautrain stations and may differ from the dangerous no-go zones identified by police.

Also read: Tshwane cops to monitor tensions between Uber, metered taxi drivers

Uber officials met with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's team on Monday, Lits explains.

He has called upon law enforcement to do more to bring an end to the intimidation of Uber drivers.

We need arrests to be made and we need authorities to strongly condemn the violence.

Alon Lits, General Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber

Uber drivers called in to air their grievances and pose important question to the GM.

Take a listen:

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