South Africa’s opposition party Democratic Alliance(DA) has called for the arrest of EFF supporters who violently protested the Clicks Bad Hair advert by destroying properties, Eyewitness News reports.
DA is also calling for the arrest of the party leader Julius Malema after reports of vandalism at some Clicks stores emerged.
Calling Malema’s movement a Quasi Revolution, DA’s spokesperson Andrew Whitfield spoke to the publication and said:
This is not the first time that Julius Malema and his quasi-revolutionaries have called for violence and the destruction of property in the name of justice. The EFF’s call to violence and destruction of property will affect the livelihoods of thousands of Clicks employees who will bear the brunt of this destruction.
This is especially concerning given the tumultuous economic situation most people are facing after the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. The destruction of stores will only mean that South Africans who have already been left vulnerable due to the lockdown will be put under further financial strain should they lose their jobs if these shops have to be closed permanently.
Clicks reported that EFF members attacked about 425 stores Monday, and they attempted to petrol bomb a branch in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, and defaced the store at the Lemon Tree Shopping Centre in Alberton. Clicks came under fire after it flighted an advert that branded African Hair dull, dry and frizzy while labelling non-African hair normal.