Johannesburg – Disgruntled e-hailing will switch off their apps on Tuesday in protest of what they say is exploitation by companies in the industry. The strike is expected to last three days.
A group affiliated to a private public transport association said on Monday they drafted a memorandum and would head to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where they planned to disrupt major routes in the morning to capture government’s attention.
They are demanding that e-hailing services including Uber, Didi, Bolt and InDriver be regulated in South Africa and for someone to protect their lives.
The Public Private Transport Association’s Vhatuk’ Mbelegwa said on Monday government’s involvement in regulating e-hailing services would go a long way in eradicating what the organisation calls “the exploitation of the industry” by their app partners.
“We believe a regulated industry will serve South Africa better, it will curb the exploitation. It will end the abusive commissions that we don’t have a say in negotiating,” he said.
Drivers are calling for improved earnings in the midst of petrol price hikes and it wants the safety of all e-hailing drivers and riders to be prioritised.