South Africa’s opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have filed charges against a white woman who pulled a gun on them outside a Clicks store in Port Elizabeth where they were staging protests against the health and beauty retailer.
Video footage has since emerged showing the frustrated woman accosted by EFF members pulling and pointing a gun after a verbal altercation and being denied entry into the Clicks store by the protestors.
In the footage security guards manage to restrain the woman and advise her to walk away.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana has confirmed the EFF members opened a case against the gun wielding woman and investigations are underway, however no arrests have been made at this stage.
EFF leader Julius Malema called for protests after Clicks aired a prejudicial advert laced with racial undertones and overtones suggesting that black people have ‘dry’ and ‘damaged’ hair while white people have ‘fine’ and ‘normal’ hair.
On Monday and Tuesday hundreds of EFF members and supporters joined Malema in solidarity protesting outside Clicks stores across the country.
EFF have vowed to ensure that Clicks stores remain closed this week, although the Johannesburg High Court granted an interdict preventing the EFF from intimidating and threatening employees and customers.
Clicks stores management on Tuesday released a statement saying all of its outlets would be closed on Wednesday in order to engage with staff and provide counselling and support.
“The closure means Clicks will be unable to provide medication to customers, along with public sector medicine pick-up points being temporarily unavailable.
“We recognise the significant impact this event has had on our people and customers and we are doing everything to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
“While the cost of the rampant vandalism and looting at many stores is still being determined, we are considering the remedies available to but no decision has been finalised,” read the Clicks statement.