Uber drivers may be targets in Pta

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Transport company Uber could be under threat after reports of the hijacking of its drivers surfaced in the east of Pretoria and Centurion recently.

Lyttelton police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said an Uber driver was hijacked by a group of men in Centurion at the weekend.

Miller said the hijacked blue Audi, was later recovered.

“The driver said he picked up the men near Rigel Avenue. Then they pretended to be sick before pulling out a firearm.”

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Miller said this happened in the morning although could not confirm an exact time of the crime.

He said there were rumours of a plot to target Uber drivers but that it was reckless to state this as a fact without evidence.

“Our members [police] are investigating to see if there is in fact a pattern with Uber drivers alone or if this was simply a coincidence,” he said.

“We will also be investigating if the hijackers could be targeting a certain brand of vehicle among other things.”

He said there were other investigations that were related to this particular case.

“What we [police] will say is motorists all around need to be vigilant. Anyone could fall prey to a hijacking but vigilance and being self-aware of your surroundings – when driving – could save you from harm’s way.”

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Asked if there were other hijackings at the weekend apart from this one, Miller said there had been other reports but could not provide the exact details.

Three weeks ago the Silverton police warned that Uber drivers were preyed on by hijackers.

Spokesperson Captain Jan Sepato said Silverton, and the Tshwane central police cluster had recorded an alarming number of cases of Uber drivers being attacked in car-related thefts.

Sepato said the common modus operandi was that perpetrators would call the taxi then hold up the driver en route.

“A group targeted an Uber driver and forced him in the boot of the car a month ago,” Sepato said.

The car and driver were found in Mamelodi, some of the car tyres had been removed.

“We have our suspicions and hope to gather more information regarding this issue in an attempt to curb,” he said.

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