Bolt (former Taxify) and Uber drivers have been warned to be careful when responding to clients in the Nyanga township, Cape Town, this is following hijackings and robberies, with a female accomplice in some cases calling the service, police said on Monday. Nyanga police spokesperson Captain N.P Sitshitshi urged drivers to be vigilant and cautious at all times, especially when called at night to Crossroads, Browns Farm and Nyanga.
Staff delivery transports and private motorist vehicles have been advised to also be cautious at the identified "hotspots" of Bristol and Sheffield Roads in Browns Farm, Govan Mbeki Road (Philippi), Klipfontein Road, Miller's Camp, and Eisleben Roads in Crossroads and Nyanga.
The Provincial Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz highlighted the recent spate of ehailing “hijackings” on the Cape Flats. “I have received reports of increased hijackings taking place in Nyanga. It is my concern that we are seeing a form of crime displacement known as ‘type of crime’ displacement following the recent SANDF and SAPS joint operations,” he said.
Uber, however, believes that the safety of all relies chiefly on law enforcement.
“Crime is an unfortunate reality for all road users in South Africa and ultimately, we need to rely on law enforcement to ensure they keeping the community safe,” Uber told Memeburn in a published statement on their website.