Uber heat: Why Eastgate failed in its bid to kick out metered taxis
The mall argued in court that metered-taxi drivers’ protests were violent and could cause harm to its customers
Eastgate Shopping Centre, in the east of Johannesburg, has lost an urgent court bid to have metered taxis kicked off its premises, even after claiming their rivalry with Uber was becoming “dangerous”.
Maxi Taxi association claimed in court documents last week that it had picked up shoppers at the mall for the past 30 years.
The Eastgate mall, in an attempt to manage the rivalry, designated entrance 2 for Uber and Bolt taxis and entrances 4, 5 and 6 for metered taxis, fuelling protests by metered taxi drivers. They blocked entrance 2 for a few hours on September 10 and 11...