FREEDOM Front Plus (FF+) has opened a case of incitement to violence against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its supporters following the trashing of two H&M stores by its members on Saturday.
“We have just finished laying criminal charges at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria against the leaders of the EFF, Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for their involvement in inciting violence.
“There are many ways they could have handled the matter within the confines of the law but to incite violence that has resulted in the damage to property is not one of them,” Ernst Roets said.
Yesterday H&M spokesperson Amelia-May Woudt was not able to quantify the physical and reputational damage as the stores remain closed until the situation returns to normal, while the EFF congratulated itself on staging a successful theft- and looting-free attack of the six stores reported to have been attacked.
“What is left out in the entire public narrative on #EFFprotest against H&M anti-black racism is that not even a single item was stolen or looted by EFF ground forces. “How much more peaceful and orderly can a protest be? #Asijiki,” the EFF said yesterday.
The DA also called for the EFF to be held financially liable for the damage to property. It called for the party to pay for its role in sanctioning the protests.
“The EFF must be held accountable for all the damage incurred as a result of this deplorable vandalism and EFF leader Julius Malema must pay back the money for all damage incurred and compensate the employees who had to put in more hours clearing the mess.”
Speaking to The New Age, police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini said though they were yet to make any arrests.
He said that the police were keeping a close eye on the situation while investigations continued.
“We are investigating two cases of malicious damage to property for the Menlyn and East Rand Mall incidents following the attacks on Saturday,” Dlamini said.
The H&M spokesperson said though none of their employees was injured during the attacks, they had in the interest of their safety decided to close the stores until such time the situation returns to normal. “What matters most to us is the safety of our employees and customers.
We have temporarily closed our stores in South Africa.We continue to monitor the situation closely and will open the stores as soon as the situation is safe again,” the store said.