The H&M clothing store in Menlyn mall was trashed on Saturday by EFF supporters in protest against an online ad for a child’s hoodie with the words “Coolest monkey in the jungle”.Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/ANAPretoria - Red T-shirt clad Economic Freedom Fighters closed down South African branches of the international clothing retail giant H&M, including at Menlyn Mall in the city - and will close down any other shop that behaves in a racist manner.Police have not arrested any suspects but investigations are ongoing, he said.Despite numerous efforts, Menlyn Mall management could not be reached for comment.“No one should make jokes about the dignity of black people.” EFF spokesperson Floyd Shivambu praised the protest on Twitter, claiming H&M was “facing consequences for its racism”.
The party has warned that any other store that undermines black people will also be shut down.
Clothing for H&M is not sourced locally but in various countries, with about 40% reportedly coming from China.
It is not clear who was responsible for the slogan, but H&M's statement read: “We stress that our wonderful store staff had nothing to do with our poorly judged product and image.” However, the mother of the child model, identified as living in Sweden, was reported as describing it as an “unnecessary issue”, saying she did not see it as a racial incident as she could refer to her son as a “cheeky little monkey”.
Allgemein steht die Brutalisierung der Polizei im Zusammenhang mit der Shoot-to-kill-Politik, die vom damaligen Polizeichef Bheki Cele erstmals 2009 propagiert wurde und in den Augen einiger Experten in die Gesetzesänderung der Strafprozessordnung von 2010 Eingang fand.
Südafrika sieht sich nach wie vor mit einer der höchsten Kriminalitätsraten weltweit konfrontiert.