The DA condemns protests by the EFF at the Clicks stores and calls on police to act

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on South African Police Services (SAPS) to act decisively on the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema following a nationwide protest forcing Clicks to close it’s stores up until they suspend employees involved in a racist advert on their website.

The DA released a statement condemning the red berets and accusing them of inciting violence.

“We recognize the upset and anger the Clicks advert has caused to many South Africans however the EFF’s violent response is unacceptable and SAPS has a duty to act against Julius Malema and others who have made explicit statements inciting EFF members to commit criminal acts.”

“In the Notice of Motion application brought by Clicks’ to stop the EFF process, it explicitly stated that SAPS should respond to any calls from Clicks’ stores where EFF members are intimidating or threatening staff or damaging property and disrupting businesses.”

“The DA will write to the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, and National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, to ask what steps they will be taking against Julius Malema and the EFF’s incitement to violence. We can never allow individuals and political parties to commit such horrific acts of vigilante violence and if SAPS fails to respond with decisive action they will be in dereliction of their duty.”

The party also accused Mr Malema and the EFF of using opportunistic tactics trying to gain support from marginalised and economically excluded.

“The EFF also never takes responsibility for the negative impact their actions have on the lives of vulnerable South Africans and those who they claim to represent. They much prefer to blame the inevitable fall-out on anyone or anything else” said the DA.

They added that they will be submitting evidence of the EFF’s violent behaviour and malicious destruction of property to SAPS and will put pressure on the National Police Commissioner to ensure that there is accountability.

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