There was a “small escalation” in incidents of intimidation following the small, non-violent protest on Friday, Samantha Allenberg, a spokeswoman for Uber Africa, said by phone on Monday. Uber has been in talks with metered taxi associations since the beginning of the year to find a way to partner with them, the company said in the statement.
Uber has faced opposition with taxi operators around the world since its founding as a potentially cheaper and faster alternative in 2009. The company, which connects drivers with passengers via mobile applications in more than 300 cities, was the subject of violent standoffs in Paris last week and suspended its UberPop share-a-ride service in the country. Uber drivers in Cape Town are suffering xenophobic discrimination from traffic police and face lengthy waiting times for license approvals, according to Allenberg.
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