Tweets claiming assault by Uber driver go viral

2017-06-03 19:05
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Cape Town - Tweets by a student from the University of Cape Town documenting how she and her friends were allegedly assaulted by an Uber driver in the early hours of Friday have gone viral.

The woman, whose Twitter name is Zuki Lamani, sent a string of tweets documenting her and her friends' altercation with their Uber driver, which ultimately led to them phoning the police.

According to Lamani, she and two of her friends ordered an Uber from Yours Truly to Saint in the Cape Town city centre.

"This is where it started. On our way the uber driver went to the opposite direction from the usual way to get to Saint."

"He was not even following navigation. In my understanding we had every right to ask where he was taking us. So we asked."

"Out of nowhere the driver asked us to exit his car because we are being "rude" FOR ASKING???"

"So we were like ok shap pls could you cancel the uber so we can call another one without being charged a penalty. HE REFUSED."

"He then got out of his car and left us there with door locked. He still didn't cancel the trip and went to speak to another man."

According to the women a group of around ten men surrounded the car and when they got out, the driver started assaulting them. They phoned the police, and the officer who arrived on the scene seemed to dismiss their claims. More officers arrived, but eventually left after threatening to arrest the women for filming them with their camera phones.

Uber South Africa responded to Lamani's tweets, saying "This is completely unacceptable. Please urgently send us the mobile number and email address linked to your account? We'll be in touch ASAP."

After tweeting at Police Minister Fikile Mbalula several times, he also responded to Lamani saying, "I've DMed you and asked SAPS to check the matter."

Lamani told News24 she reported the incident at the Cape Town police station on Friday after corresponding with the minister's office.

Many were outraged by the incident, tweeting their condolences to Lamani and saying the behaviour of both the Uber driver and the police were unacceptable.

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