An Uber driver has been arrested following an altercation at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday which left a 71-year-old man critically injured.
Uber also removed the driver from the Uber app.
“What’s been described is horrible and something no one should ever go through. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time and we will continue to stay in touch with them to offer our support,” said Samantha Allenberg, spokesperson for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, in a statement on Thursday.
It is believed the driver and 71-year-old man were involved in an altercation over a parking space.
“This violent and aggressive behaviour is completely unacceptable and upon learning of this, we immediately removed the driver’s access to the app. We have been in close contact with law enforcement to provide them with as much information as possible which has led to the suspect’s arrest,” Allenberg added.
“We have strict community guidelines in place which is a how-to for drivers and riders. Uber has been working with local law enforcement officials to provide information to assist in their investigation. Yesterday (September 12) we contacted the relevant law enforcement teams, whatever information we could provide was handed over and it was this close collaboration that led to an arrest.”
She said all driver-partners have to undergo an AFIS secondary background screening. Prior to this individual’s deactivation and arrest, he held a valid professional driver’s permit and he cleared all background checks.
Airport management handed over video footage to the police on which the altercation is seen.
The 71-year-old man sustained severe head injuries and remains critical in hospital.