S. African taxi drivers block roads in Uber protest

Metered taxi drivers have embarked on a protest which appeared to be directed at the rival service, * a href="https://www.google.co.za/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Uber&*" target="_blank" *Uber.

He said the drivers blocked a section of the R24 at the Barbara Road off-ramp travelling towards the airport.

They blocked a section of the R24 highway in both directions, near the airport.

Metered-taxi operators have objected to competition from Uber in cities around the world, including Paris and Jakarta.

It's believed drivers are protesting against taxi-hailing platform, Uber.

"Uber is illegal", Reuben Mzayiya, a spokesman for the metered taxi business in Gauteng province, told broadcaster 702 Talk Radio.

"The threats and intimidation against those who want to use Uber to boost their income is unacceptable", Samantha Allenberg, a spokeswoman for Uber in Africa, said by email.

It follows a protest by meter taxi drivers on Friday morning. Gau-train is viewed as one of the alternative transport services.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department is monitoring the situation.

  • Joanne Flowers