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Cape Town - Meter taxi drivers closed the road to Cape Town International Airport and forced passengers out of Uber cars on Friday. Fearing violent attacks and that their cars would be burnt, Uber drivers reacted by going offline. 

The incidents happened on Friday morning.

Police vans blocked the road too and they were in discussions with both meter taxi and Uber drivers. They advised Uber drivers to leave the airport. A group of men was seen attempting to lift an Uber vehicle.

Last year in Mexico City, taxi drivers smashed windows and pelted Uber drivers with eggs.
Uber announced two weeks ago that it was going to allow drivers to take cash fares. Drivers warned that this would cause conflict with meter taxis.

A Cape Town Uber drivers' WhatsApp group was a flurry of voice notes and messages warning drivers to be careful.

Passenger Romanda de Bastos was pulled from her Uber into a meter taxi.

She told her mother, Lita, that she saw the Uber driver being kicked. He was then driven off in his vehicle. De Bastos was distraught, worried that the man might be killed. It has since been established that the man was assaulted and his licence disk was stolen.

Stranded passengers could be seen walking to the airport at the time.

Uber spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said earlier, "We are aware of the situation and we are speaking to the authorities and relevant stakeholders to ensure this is resolved quickly. Drivers have a security number they can use should they feel unsafe at any time."

An Uber driver said, "Guys, I just told a client I can't take her to the airport. She was crying she is going to miss her plane. All Uber drivers are cancelling her [request for a ride]."



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