Pretoria – Three Taxify vehicles were torched and destroyed in Sunnyside, Pretoria on Wednesday during an ongoing feud between online taxi operators and metered taxi drivers.
Police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela confirmed that a total of three Taxify vehicles had been set alight during the course of Wednesday, with the last one being torched during the evening.
Two of the vehicles were set alight after the respective drivers were picking up passengers, said Mavimbela.
“The first vehicle was set alight when a driver of the ride-sharing service was called to pick up a passenger,” said Mavimbela said in a statement.
“While waiting inside his vehicle, he was approached by a group of around eight men who threatened him with violence.”
A “flammable substance” was used to set the vehicle alight and it burnt out completely. The driver escaped unharmed.
The second vehicle was set alight later the afternoon,Said Mavimbela
“The vehicle was parked outside of a building when seven men approached the driver. The vehicle was also set alight with a flammable substance and partially damaged.” The driver sustained no injuries.
The third Taxify vehicle was set alight during the course of the evening as the driver attempted to pick up passengers.
Three cases of malicious damage to property were opened and a case of assault has been opened by the first taxi driver.
Taxify could not be reached for comment.