Airport operations not affected by meter taxi, Uber clash - Acsa

2016-06-03 20:48
Cape Town airport.

Cape Town airport.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


WATCH: 'They are putting our lives in jeopardy' - Uber drivers speak out about cash payments

2016-06-01 11:04

A group of Uber drivers in Cape Town have joined the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union because they are disappointed with the ride sharing service. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Deidre Davids confirmed on Friday that an attempt to block access to the Cape Town International Airport had taken place earlier during a reported clash between meter taxi drivers and Uber drivers.

The attempt, however, was unsuccessful she said.

"This did not impact on the airport's operations in any way. The police and traffic authorities responded quickly."

GroundUp reported earlier that Uber drivers were forced to go offline because they feared that their vehicles would be torched during the alleged violent attack on Friday morning. Meter taxi drivers reportedly closed the road leading to the Cape Town International Airport and allegedly forced passengers out of an Uber vehicle.

In an attempt to resolve the conflict, police reportedly negotiated with both the meter taxi and Uber drivers.

Uber drivers were then advised to leave the airport.

Uber spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said there were isolated instances of intimidation at the Cape Town International Airport that were reported on Friday morning. 

"On being notified, we immediately reached out to relevant stakeholders to help resolve the situation. We spoke to the rider and driver-partners and we were relieved to hear that nobody was hurt."

Allenberg said after the incident, drivers in the area were operating as normal. 

"Uber is a safe, reliable, convenient and affordable way to get to and from A to B. Our technology makes it possible to focus on safety for riders and drivers before, during and after every trip in ways that have never been possible before," she said.

She said earlier that drivers have a security number they can use should they feel unsafe at any time."

Davids said the airport would continue to work with the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of the public.

Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the police were not aware of any violence that took place.

Read more on:    uber  |  acsa  |  cape town  |  air travel

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.