Earlier this year, e-hailing taxi drivers took part in the protest and went “offline” to alert the public to the conditions under which drivers were working. They complained that rising petrol prices were lowering their income while the commission they pay to e-hailing companies was increasing.
Drivers were also concerned about their safety, largely because of congestion on the app they use to raise the alarm.
Vhatuka Mbelengwa, the spokesperson for all e-hailing operators, said in a statement that talks between them and their companies have reached a stalemate as their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Uber has more than 12 000 active drivers in South Africa.