A man was fatally stabbed in the early hours of Sunday morning in Hillbrow, Joburg, when a group of men tried to take his cellphone during an Uber altercation, police said.
Hillbrow police spokesman Sergeant Mdu Zondo said three men were making their way from a nightclub to an Uber taxi which was parked in the next street due to the ongoing violence between Uber and metered taxi drivers.
When local taxi drivers saw the Uber taxi they chased the driver away, resulting in the three men exchanging heated words with the taxi drivers.
A 23-year-old man then attempted to take a cellphone from one of the three men, and when the man resisted he was stabbed in the chest. He ran away and passed out in a nearby street, where he died.
Security company Bad Boyz Zone called for backup and an ambulance after one of their drivers witnessed the attack.
The suspect was chased down and handed over to the police. Zondo said the man would be appearing in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of murder.