Hammer-wielding protesters break glass doorways, set hearth and trash Clicks retailer in Alberton

By Sihle Mlambo Sep 7, 2020

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Johannesburg – One other Clicks retailer has been trashed and set on hearth on the Lemon Tree Buying Centre in Alberton.

This comes after the 1am arson try at a Clicks retailer in Witbank on the early hours of Monday morning.

Eric Maloka, the spokesperson for the Metropolis of Ekurhuleni’s catastrophe and emergency providers, mentioned the shop got here beneath assault simply after 9am on Monday morning.

Maloka mentioned the emergency providers had been dispatched to the procuring centre. Members of the mall’s safety workforce led them to the Clicks retailer the place they discovered 15 protesters armed with hammers.

“The safety workforce took the emergency providers straight to the Clicks retailer and there was a fireplace there.

“There have been 15 protesters armed with hammers,” mentioned Maloka.

Members of the Ekurhuleni Catastrophe and Emergency Providers reply after a Clicks retailer in Alberton got here beneath assault. Image: Provided
Members of the Ekurhuleni Catastrophe and Emergency Providers reply after a Clicks retailer in Alberton got here beneath assault. Image: Provided

Maloka mentioned the shop had been closed as quickly as protesters assembled. He mentioned the protesters used hammers to interrupt the door open. As soon as inside they vandalised the shop.

“They began a fireplace inside the shop and the sprinklers had been activated due to the smoke. “The hearth was put out and the 12 employees members who had been on the retailer suffered no accidents,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, Maloka mentioned the procuring centre had been closed for the remainder of the day as a precaution.

Calls made to the centre administration went unanswered.

“The scene has been handed over to SAPS,” mentioned Maloka.

In the meantime, an pressing courtroom interdict by the pharmaceutical chain to forestall the EFF from demonstrating was dismissed earlier on Monday.

In Witbank, police are investigating a case of malicious harm to property after a gaggle of suspects tried to petrol-bomb a Clicks retailer in Witbank early on Monday.

The arson try on the Saveways Clicks retailer in Witbank got here simply because the pharmaceutical chain ready to face off with the EFF, who’ve referred to as on Clicks to close down for every week after they printed an offensive advert which depicted black girls’s hair as “broken”.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi mentioned the shop would stay closed till police had concluded their work.

“In keeping with data obtained, at about 1am, the Clicks retailer in Saveways, Witbank, there was an arson assault on the retailer. It didn’t burn, however some glass doorways had been cracked,” he mentioned.

Hlathi mentioned police had been investigating a case of malicious harm to property. He mentioned police suspect that the attackers arrived in two vehicles and tried to petrol-bomb the shop unsuccessfully.

EFF chief Julius Malema defended the get together’s resolution to exhibit at Clicks shops on Monday. He was talking from a Clicks retailer in Seshego, Limpopo.

He mentioned the employees’ jobs weren’t beneath menace due to the EFF’s demonstration; they might be paid as a result of they’d confirmed up for work.

Malema additionally hit again at those that had been criticising the get together.

“We don’t owe them something. We select our battles.

“They don’t vote for us, why should we fear about them,” mentioned Malema.

The EFF is asking for Clicks to close down for the remainder of the week, however the retailer administration has insisted they’ll stay open.

In the meantime, TRESemmé South Africa and Unilever have apologised for the advert which was the supply of the furore. Their advert was printed on the Clicks web site.

In an announcement on the Unilever web site, TRESemmé South Africa mentioned: “We’re very sorry that photographs utilized in a TRESemmé South Africa advertising and marketing marketing campaign on the Clicks web site promote racist stereotypes about hair.

“The marketing campaign got down to rejoice the great thing about all hair varieties and the vary of options that TRESemmé affords, however we received it flawed.

“The photographs aren’t in step with the values of our model, or of Clicks.

“TRESemmé South Africa apologises for the offence these photographs have induced. We additionally apologise to the Clicks group.

“We’re wanting into how this occurred and why it wasn’t picked up, and we are going to take all needed steps to verify it doesn’t occur once more,” the group mentioned.

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