Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

H&M Temporarily closes Stores in South Africa following Vandalization

H&M Temporarily closes Stores in South Africa following Vandalization

Protesters from the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) group targeted six shops in Gauteng province, police say.

The DA will lodge an official complaint with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) against H&M clothing company over an allegedly racist advert. We make no apology about what the fighters did today against H&M.

H&M subsequently took down the image, removed the product from sale and posted an apology on the front page of several of its worldwide websites including those for the USA and South African markets.

Dozens of protesters sang, shouted and danced through the stores.

EFF leader Julius Malema said the party would not apologise for its actions.

The alternate version had the slogan "Black is Beautiful" written on the hoodie.

Many referenced the fact that "monkey" is often used as a racial slur, with one person writing "for black people, the term is loaded". Ndlozi wrote on Twitter, posting pictures of a vandalized H&M store and video footage of chanting EFF supporters.

A statement by H&M on its Twitter account said the company was very concerned with the safety of employees and customers, so it closed the stores in the areas of protest.

Police have not arrested any suspects but investigations are ongoing, he said.

H&M South Africa did not respond to a request for comment, but its local website carried an apology for the advertisement.

Several shoppers have spoken of their experience at Menlyn.

The protesters later left the mall peacefully without causing any harm to customers or damage to the property, Fourie said.

On Sunday the doors were locked, windows empty and paper prevented curious shoppers from looking in.

It went on an expansion drive, including being part of the grand relaunch of the extended Menlyn Mall previous year. It also promised to open an investigation and vowed that such an incident will never happen again. H&M contribute to the country and money that flows.

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