E-hailing shutdown was necessary: Operators

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Protesting e-hailing operators say the three-day shutdown was necessary to highlight injustices and safety issues in the sector.

A memorandum of demands was handed over to the Department of Trade and Industry and Competition earlier this week, calling for the industry to be regulated.

The operators have been on strike since Tuesday over alleged exploitation by their companies and the minimum base fare, which they say is too low.

In the report below, e-hailing drivers submit a memorandum of demand to government: 

They are also concerned about their safety, with drivers becoming victims of crimes such as hijackings and robbery.

E-hailing spokesperson Vhatuka Mbelengwa says, “We would like to thank society for being patient with us. We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused to your lives. We did not take the decision to shut down easily, we felt it [is] important to truly expose the true nature of violence and exploitation.”

In the video below, e-hailing share some of their concerns: