E-hailing drivers in South Africa have started a national e-hailing strike for three days. This comes after the E-hailing drivers say that they are being exploited by their app partners and they are not making any money.
“We are going on a protest as we want the industry to be regulated. We are asking the government to be proactive and fast-track the pace at which the industry has been regulated, we can’t continue to be exploited in this manner,” said Vhatuka Mbeleka, the founder and spokesperson of the Private Public Transport Association.
Adding further, “We have expressed that we are not happy with the state that e-hailing is in the country. We are not happy with how app companies are treating us. We are not happy with the pricing and duration of the market. We are not happy with the fact that government doesn’t care about its protection of people. We are taken for granted here.”
The drivers want the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula to intervene in the ongoing matter. They said that the Department of Transport is not protecting “E-hailing drivers” and they face a lot of problems while they are on duty.
The E-hailing drivers said that the app partners such as Bolt and Uber are making money while they’re struggling to make ends meet. They further added that due to the surging of petrol price, app companies are refusing to adjust their prices.
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