The Department of Tourism has joined the chorus of concerns expressed by government over the impact of the war between Uber and metered taxis, adding that it could threaten the local tourism industry.

Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, called on both parties to engage in peaceful talks to find lasting solutions to their disagreements.

This follows an incident in Sandton last week which saw two Uber cars and one metered taxi burnt to ashes, as clashes between the two sides erupted again. A couple of months ago an Uber driver succumbed to injuries suffered during a petrol bomb attack in Pretoria.

“In addition to the needless destruction of property and threat on human life, the general mood of uncertainty, implicit in the violence, threatens the stability of the tourism industry upon which thousands of jobs are reliant,” Xasa said.

Xasa went on to say that for any domestic or international tourist, the sense of security is as important as for the ordinary citizen.

“It is self-evident that the operators are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. No one’s life must continue to be placed in danger because two operators are in disagreement with one another. This must stop.” the Minister said.