Donald Manzini, a gentle giant of 52 years young, one of Pace Fleet Services Uber family members was savagely attacked by the metered taxi drivers on Friday at the intersection of West street, after picking up a rider at the Gautrain Sandton station.
Just having spoken to his brother, Donald accepted a ride from a Sandton Gautrain rider and was about to exit the station via the West Street exit when all of a sudden he was surrounded by the Metered taxi drivers, they had blocked off the exit routes and started throwing rocks and bricks at his vehicle. Concerned about his rider’s safety he tried to drive down Stella road to find it was a dead end; he then instructed the rider to vacate the vehicle to ensure no bodily harm and stayed in the vehicle whilst the Taxi drivers pummeled the vehicle, having taken his cellphone he was removed from the vehicle and was beaten with a “knobkerrie”, targeted areas with this weapon were the back of his head and down his back. They left him on the ground and carried on their violent attacks.
Donald coming from Newcastle, whilst his father is from Botswana, has 4 children aged 28 year, 25 year, 12 year and an 8 year old. The second oldest is also an Uber driver, they have been a part of Uber since March 2015 and Donald has been a part of our family since November 2015.
He was turned away from Johannesburg General hospital on Friday after his attack as he had no bleeding therefore it was not seen as an emergency, he was then taken to Hillbrow Clinic and given ibuprofen, he is in need of decent medical attention as well as X-rays or MRI, unfortunately Donald is struggling as the vehicle that was damaged is his own vehicle and now is struggling to work due to his injuries.