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Uber Drivers Complain of Xenophobia, Red Tape in Cape Town

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Uber Technologies Inc. taxi drivers in Cape Town are suffering xenophobic discrimination from traffic police and face lengthy waiting times for license approvals, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. company.

“Many of our partner drivers say they have been stopped by law enforcement officers who first determine that the driver is not originally from South Africa,” Samantha Allenberg, a spokeswoman for Uber Africa, said by phone from the coastal city. They “then start demanding to see the Uber application on their smartphone,” she said.