DA Press Release:
14 July 2016
This afternoon close to a hundred metered taxi cars, allegedly from the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, blocked several streets in Cape Town CBD. This was an illegal protest action, where an Uber driver had to escape from attacks and had to abandon his vehicle badly damaged.
I call for all relevant parties to remain calm as violence will not satisfy any concerns, and refrain from illegal protest action. The right to protest is enshrined in our constitution, but it must remain within the law, with permission, and not turn violent.
Metered taxi drivers are facing tough competition, but they must meet this competition with innovation not violence. We are also very supportive of the Uber innovation, they must however work within legislation and regulations and we must apply the law equally to all operators.
The DA are supportive of all on-demand transport services, to supplement public transport, creating jobs and growing our economy.