Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Police report several protests at H&M stores in Gauteng

Police report several protests at H&M stores in Gauteng

Speaking outside the H&M in Menlyn Mall, Tshwane chairperson of the EFF, Benjamin Disoloane, said the protest was against H&M, which was a "racist shop" based on their actions as reported on in the media.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a South African revolutionary socialist political party, targeted six H&M stores in the Gauteng province.

"At the East Rand Mall the protesters managed to enter the shop and stole several items".

H&M clothing stores in South Africa have been trashed today in response to the "monkey in the jungle" hoodie controversy. While officers are monitoring the situation, they said they had not made any arrests so far.

In one location, rubber bullets were fired to disperse demonstrators. "If they are not going to close the shop, they must just know we are going to be here nearly every day, starting from today", he said. The H&M signage outside the shop had been broken and red fragments were still on the floor.

He proudly tweeted out pictures of the damage done to H&M stores.

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The retailer had used a black child to model a sweatshirt with the slogan "coolest monkey in the jungle".

The campaign group Models Of Diversity, which pushes for more diversification across the industry, said H&M should be "ashamed".

The image advertising the £7.99 jumper was removed from H&M's United States and UK websites shortly after the outrage broke and the retailer quickly issued a statement apologising to "anyone it may have offended". Many people accused the global chain store of racism.

"The time of apologies for racism are over", he said.

Police were called to H&M stores following reports of violence and damage.

The Sandton City Shopping Centre confirmed on twitter that they had engaged with the team leaders of the EFF and that the protest outside H&M would dissipate after they have been issued with the corporate statement of apology by H&M.

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