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South African Uber and Metered Taxi Wars: Cars Torched

Uber drivers fight back after a long streak of violence against them by metered taxi drivers.

At least three cars were burned down in Sandton, Johannesburg last night in the long-running metered taxi and Uber war. The Citizen reports that two of the cars are believed to belong to Uber drivers. Uber drivers are reported by EWN to have started attacking stationary metered taxi cars in retaliation.


Metered taxi drivers in South Africa have been feeling threatened by the success of Uber in the country, leading to them resorting to violence, especially in Johannesburg and Pretoria. They feel the American company is stealing their customers as Uber fares are lower than those of traditional metered taxis.

Earlier this year, an Uber driver died after he suffered burn injuries when his car was burnt down allegedly by metered taxi drivers.

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How the Creator of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ Finally Got His Due In ‘Black Is King’

Thanks to Beyoncé, Solomon Linda's famous song finally made its Disney debut—81 years after it was written.

By now, we've all seen and heard think piece after think piece about Beyoncé's latest visual album release Black Is King. The film depicts and celebrates a great deal of African culture and history, paying homage to many underrated and misunderstood artists and practices.

One moment, however, put an end to an 81-year struggle with the Disney giants.

Perhaps one of Disney's most popular songs, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," is a reproduced version of the late South African performer Solomon Ntsele (Linda)'s song "Mbube."

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