South African police are investigating a murder case after a body of a Taxify driver was discovered in a boot of a burnt Chevrolet Aveo in Pretoria, South Africa on Thursday, 01 March 2018.
According to a Police spokesperson, the motive and cause behind the incident are still unknown.
According to a report by Eyewitness News, Taxify has identified the driver as Siyabonga Ngcobo.Taxify has launched its own investigation to assist the police to uncover the facts around the murder of Ngcobo.
Police are appealing to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators to contact the local police station or send an anonymous tip-off to Crime Stop.
In July 2017, Taxify and Uber drivers launched a petition calling on the Minister of Police to intervene and stop ongoing violent attacks on their drivers. This was after an Uber driver was petrol bombed in Pretoria.
In the same year, an Uber driver sustained serious chemical burns after he was assaulted.
People on Twitter gave their take on the matter:
It's alleged that Pretoria Maxi Taxi drivers set a Taxify driver alight last night!
Customers intimated for choosing!
Lives lost for trying to earn a living!
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) March 2, 2018
Last night they burnt a Taxify driver inside his car…
This is not right!!!! Please show awareness… Drivers are being killed and assaulted regularly… please RT pic.twitter.com/lK59OsPdNA
— Mbuyisiwezwe (@Perfect_Mabaso) March 2, 2018
It's really saddening that taxi drivers and Maxi taxi drivers think they can rule the transport businesses #Taxify
— Kgomotso Oboitshepo (@Motso_Mogodi) March 2, 2018
Why can't maxi taxi owners join uber/taxify? You can't expect me to get into a 2003 toyota Tazz at double the price of a modern car with A.C. Let's be real about this!
— AnnabellaMmalaMokone (@MmalaMokone) March 2, 2018
Meter Taxi driver's don't know competition hence they kill Uber and Taxify driver's if the bread at Shoprite is R5,00 and at Pick n Pay its R7,00 you will buy were it is cheap, meter taxi driver's must reduce prices and update the system they use.
— Ramoshebi Kodise (@Ramoshebikodise) March 2, 2018
Metered taxi drivers are so cruel… how can you burn another human being in the car like that…. its very sad indeed #taxify
— Mosweu Pettie (@Pettiepettie) March 2, 2018
— The Weekend View ? (@TheWeekendView) March 2, 2018
— Miss Supermodel ? (@NMalungu) March 2, 2018