Ward 100 EFF join Attacks on Clicks
Ward 100 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members joined the ‘EFF national protest against Clicks stores’ and blocked customers from getting inside Clicks store at Cosmo Mall on Monday 7 September 2020.
More than 400 Clicks stores were closed on Monday after violent protests broke out at malls across the country.
The attacks followed a directive from EFF party leader Julius Malema. On Sunday, Malema tweeted:“@ClicksSA, see you tomorrow. Fellow fighters and ground forces ATTACK.”
This came after Clicks put out an advert which described black women’s hair as “dry and damaged” and “frizzy and dull,” while labelling white women’s hair as fine, flat and normal.
We are taking action against the recent racial Clicks incident, said EFF member Siba Mxinwa. “We cannot allow any racism. We will continue protesting against them until they accept our demands. We need them to release the names of the people who produced that advert.”
At Cosmo Mall, the protest was peaceful and there was no violence or injuries reported.
According to a Clicks spokesperson, protest action was reported at 452 stores.
"Clicks strongly condemns violence of any kind, intimidation of staff and its customers and the vandalism of its stores. All incidents of criminal behaviour are being reported to the authorities. Clicks is working with SAPS to ensure the safety of staff, customers and members of the public," the spokesperson said.
"Clicks is unable to estimate the total damage to stores given the ongoing protest action. Clicks provides a much-needed healthcare service to South Africans and will continue to trade. Clicks has taken full accountability and apologised unreservedly for the advertisement published on its website and is committed to effecting real change across the business. Clicks continues to monitor the situation," the spokesperson added.