Protesters trash South African H&M stores over monkey hoodie

Erica Murray
January 16, 2018

Floyd Shivambu, spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters party, praised the action, saying the retailer was "now facing the consequences for its racism".

The demonstrations were reported at H&M stores in Cape Town and Pretoria, and several areas across Johannesburg that included Midrand, Boksburg, and Sandton. Video footage shows protesters causing damage at some of the outlets.

"H&M SA now has an obligation to register these concerns with their monitoring body as the fight against institutional racism is a fight we must all take on".

But EFF party leader Julius Malema had some strong words for the clothing brand, explaining in a statement also made on Saturday that, "We make no apology about what the fighters did today against that store called H&M".

"We have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry".

"No one should make jokes about the dignity of black people".

H&M faced criticism from groups across the world and eventually removed all traces of the picture from their websites and literature.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the police were now investigating cases of malicious damage to property and illegal gathering. "We are here to inform them, if you want to undermine the black people in this country, these are the results", said Donald Mabunda, EFF member.

BUT how many times have blacks given the other check [sic] on the racism question?

He confirmed the protest was being monitored and had been secured by mall security, Fidelity Security Services, and the police to ensure customer, staff and tenant safety. India tour South Africa for three Test matches, six ODIs and three T20Is.

In a statement, the clothing store said that they committed to playing its part in addressing society's issues and problems, whether it's diversity, working conditions or environmental protection - and many others.

A police officer who declined to be identified in the press said members of the SAPS crowd control public order police unit had been summoned to the Kolonnade Mall, but there was no sign of the EFF members.

Other reports by Insurance News

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