Management from Uber met with the South African Police Service (SAPS) yesterday afternoon to map a way forward in investigating the attack and subsequent death of one of its drivers.
Yesterday morning, Lindelani Mashau died in hospital after fighting for his life for weeks. He had been attacked with a petrol bomb while in his Uber vehicle in Pretoria, and had sustained serious injuries.
It has been speculated that the attack was carried out by metered taxi drivers, and police are investigating the incident.
“The meeting [with SAPS] was positive and we look forward to receiving feedback from the Minister’s [of Police, Fikile Mbalula] office regarding the next steps,” said Uber Africa spokersperson, Samantha Allenberg. “We will continue to be a willing participant in all conversations.”
Allenberg said the company is committed to open and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders on the future of mobility in South Africa.
“We are doing all we can to assist in preventing incidents and provide assistance to driver-partners and riders, but we cannot do this alone – authorities and policy makers need to take a stronger stand to help prevent and condemn these terrible crimes,” she added.