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Uber driver hijacked in Cape Town


An Uber driver was hijacked outside Cape Town International Airport on Thursday night, the company confirmed.

“We have been in touch with the rider and driver-partner to offer our support and we are relieved to hear both of them are okay,” an Uber spokesman said in response to an e-mail query.

“An investigation into the incident is underway.”

No further details of the incident were available.

Times Media digital editor Andrew Trench tweeted earlier on Thursday night that the Uber driver who had picked him up at the airport had been hijacked: “@Uber_RSA one of your driver’s hijacked at Cape Town International now. I was thrown from car and am safe but worried about the guy — andrewtrench (@andrewtrench) April 7, 2016.”

Trench expressed relief that the driver was safe.

Uber said” “The threats and intimidation against people who want to use the Uber platform are unacceptable. We are deeply committed to the safety of riders and drivers and we take any incident where safety is compromised very seriously.”

Last month, 60-year-old Uber taxi driver Webb-Law Chehore was shot near the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

He had been waiting for a client outside an apartment block around 5am when he was shot. The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

Chehore’s son, Nani, took to social media shortly after the murder, offering a reward for information that would lead to arrests in a campaign titled #JusticeForWebbLaw.


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