There are growing numbers of attacks on Uber and Taxify drivers across the country. A group of Uber and Taxify drivers are calling on the Police minister to intervene.
This comes after a man accused of stabbing an Uber driver in December 2017 appeared briefly at the Boksburg Regional Court on Wednesday morning.
Accused Jaques Scharneck pleaded guilty and has been remanded in police custody.
It’s been months of operating in fear, uncertain when the next attack will occur.
The ridesharing drivers are calling Fikile Mbalula to intervene. They came to support a fellow driver who was attacked and stabbed in the back, face, neck and hands and left for dead.
For the victim Busisiwe Ndlovu, the pain and trauma have left her scarred.
“I have anger with men, especially the coloureds because I feel that they don’t have respect for women. Because he could have just asked for the car, instead of hurting me. He stabbed me in the back and my neck and hand and then I lost consciousness and that frustrates me.”
Ndlovu wants justice from South African courts.
“I want this guy to be sentenced. Unfortunately, we don’t have the death sentence. So, according to me, I wish he could get the death penalty.”
In the latest incident, the Movement says one of their fellow drivers was shot and killed in Yeoville on Tuesday.
The case has been postponed until the 27th of February for further investigation.
The perpetrator faces charges of attempted murder that carries a 15 year minimum sentence.
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