Two men have been arrested and charged with attempted hijacking and robbery following an attack on an Uber driver at the weekend.

The driver sustained serious burns on his face after his attackers attempted to hijack him early on Sunday morning.

“He had sustained severe chemical burns to his face and hands. According to the man, he arrived at his drop-off location and was assaulted by his passenger and a liquid substance was thrown onto him,” ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak told IOL.

The Uber driver was found at around 2am on Sunday morning in East Town, Johannesburg by paramedics and a security company.

Today two men have been arrested in connection with the attack and will be charged with attempted hijacking and robbery in the Roodepoort Magistrates court “soon” Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele told EWN.

In July an Uber driver died after being attacked with a petrol bomb in Pretoria.


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