Police are investigating a case of malicious damage to property after another Taxify vehicle was set alight in the city center on Friday night.
A 26-year old driver was allegedly forced out of the car by a group of men on the corner of Bosman and Madiba streets.
East resident Jaydie Leonard told Rekord the vehicle was driven by his domestic worker’s son, who was dropping off customers in the area.
The men allegedly grabbed the car keys and told the driver to run before they burnt the car.
“We bought the car for him after he had convinced us of the business sense,” he said.
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Leonard said the vehicle was purchased four weeks ago with the intention of creating employment for the man.
He said the 26-year-old man was without a job after the attack.
“Luckily he was not injured, but he did suffer shock from the incident,” Leonard said.
Police confirmed the incident.
No arrests have been made, according to police spokesperson Captain Augustina Selepe.
“We plead with member of the public who have information to report it to the police.”
This was the second taxi related violence incident on the day in question.
Several vehicles were damaged during the clashes.
Taxify country manager Gareth Taylor said they were looking at ways to improve the safety of drivers.
“These include a partnership with Namola, an app which connects users to emergency services using GPS and ensuring cooperating with law enforcement so that the perpetrators of these crimes can be found as soon as possible.”
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The taxi company said it had appointed a team that would aid police in matters relating to violence and misconduct.
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