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Johannesburg - A taxi driver from a private taxi company has sustained serious chemical burns after he was assaulted early on Sunday, paramedics said in a statement. 

The incident took place East Town on Milner street in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The taxi driver is reported to be an Uber driver.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak explained that the driver was found on the side of the road by paramedics and members of a local security company at around 2am.

"He had sustained severe chemical burns to his face and hands. According to the man, he arrived at his drop-off location and was assaulted by his passenger and thrown liquid substance was thrown onto him.
 
"He was treated on scene and rushed off to a nearby hospital for further care. He was in a serious condition when paramedics transported him to hospital."
 
Vermaak said that the exact circumstances surrounding the incident will be investigated by the police.

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