Residential People has learned that a housing complex in Paulshof, Johannesburg has banned Uber Vehicles and other taxi services from entering the premises amidst growing security concerns.
Uber South Africa has come under intense scrutiny in recent months following a series of high profile incidents that have endangered the safety and wellbeing of passengers.
In light of these accusations, Renprop Management issued a statement late last month stating that the services of Uber, Uber Eats, Taxify and other Taxi services would “no longer be permitted inside the complex with immediate effect”.
As revealed by News24 earlier this year, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing firm is facing a civil action lawsuit following allegations that four of its drivers committed multiple crimes including using the Uber app to kidnap, rob and rape customers.
In what has been colloquially referred to as the ‘Uber rape trial’, Attorney Ulrich Roux who is representing the victims said: “the horrific crimes committed against our clients, as well as the other victims referred to in the charge sheet, were as a direct result of Uber’s lack of internal controls in verifying their drivers.”
According to the letter Residential People has received from our source, Renprop state that this move “is to ensure
that the complex remains secure at all times.” The letter goes on to note that “Most drivers and occupants of the taxi vehicles are unknown to residents and are different on each occasion as such there is a huge security risk involved in allowing them into the complex.”
Understandably this news has caused some inconvenience to owners and residents, with one resident who wished to remain anonymous revealing their disdain for what they feel is a “very unfair” and “selfish” decision.
The resident asks: “Did they think about disabled people, pregnant women, elderly people?
“People who do not have cars use the services of Uber etc to carry their groceries so how are they suppose to carry their groceries to their apartments?”
Renprop Management has not publicly acknowledged or referenced that the ongoing lawsuit, allegations and safety concerns surrounding Uber were directly to blame for this ban.
Residential People reached out to Renprop Management but were unable to receive a comment prior to publishing. We will update this article should the firm respond.