Two Uber drivers assaulted, robbed by ‘clients’ in Woodlands

METERED taxi drivers are the new target for criminals who duped two drivers on the same day, Wednesday, 30 August to fetch them from a location before assaulting and robbing them at the same home address in Cathcart Road, Woodlands.

The first Uber driver was assaulted, robbed and ordered into the boot of his car when five men attacked him.

Before his ride of terror, the driver received a text via his service app requesting a pick up from town to Montclair at noon. When he arrived at the pick-up location, five men jumped into the vehicle. All was well until they reached Cathcart Road in Woodlands.
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“It was reported that one of the five men produced a firearm and jabbed it into the driver’s ribs,” said Montclair SAPS communication officer, Capt Dereck Vijiam. The rest of the group, who were sitting in the back, pulled the man out of the driver’s seat and into the back with them. They demanded all his cards and cellphone. Once they had all his valuables, they stopped the vehicle and shoved him into the boot.

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They drove around for a while with him in the boot before ending their joyride at about 3pm. “They abandoned the vehicle, leaving the traumatised driver in the boot,” said Capt Vijiam.

Later that night, a similar incident took place when another Uber driver received a request from someone requesting a ride just before midnight. The driver was asked to collect this person from Lansdowne Road in Wentworth.

The driver picked up three men and was asked to drop them off at a house in Cathcart Road. “When he reached their destination, one of the men, who was in the passenger seat, produced a firearm and demanded money. The other man also produced a weapon and pulled the driver into the backseat. The front seat passenger became the driver while the others took the victim’s watch, cellphone and bank card from him. “At about 12.30am, the men dropped the driver off in Umbilo before speeding off with his car and all his belongings,” added Capt Vijiam.

Lauren Beukes

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