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EFF calls off Clicks protests

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The EFF called off the protests after a meeting with Clicks and the promise of bursaries and sanitary towels.

Pictures: Soraya Crowie

Durban – Retail giant, Clicks, has agreed to give bursaries to five black students to pursue qualification in the pharmaceutical industry next year, furthermore, Clicks has also agreed to donating a minimum of 50 000 sanitary pads, santisers and masks to rural and informal settlements. This is according to the Economic Freedom Fighters, following a meeting between the two earlier on Thursday.

The meet comes on the back of protests around the country following a hair advert by Tresemmé which called black women’s hair dry, damaged, frizzy and dull.

The EFF’s Vuyani Pambo, said both parties agreed that the advert was offensive and racist.

“The EFF made it clear that the days of apologies and sorry are over and that there must be consequences for racism,” he said.

He added that Clicks had expressed its remorse to all South Africans, black women, in particular for the advert.

“Clicks will withdraw all Tresemmé SA products from all its stores and replace them with locally produced products,” he said.

“The EFF will work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that agent provocateurs involved in the vandalism of Clicks stores are brought to book,” Pambo added.

He said the matter has now been put to rest and further discussions around transformation within Clicks relating to procurement, empowerment, employment equity, localisation and diversification of supplier base, will be held.

“The EFF calls off all protest action at all Clicks stores with immediate effect. All Clicks stores can now resume normal operations,” he said.

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