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Photos – Clicks store at Alberton mall vandalised with hammers and set alight

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Clicks store at Alberton mall vandalised with hammers and set alight

A mall in Alberton on the East Rand was forced to shut down after a Clicks store at the centre was vandalized and set alight on Monday morning.

Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson Eric Maloka told SowetanLIVE’s sister publication TimesLIVE that EFF supporters caused havoc at Lemon Tree Mall in Alberton about 9 am on Monday.

Clicks store at Alberton mall vandalised with hammers and set alight

This comes as the EFF is leading a protest aimed at shutting stores run by the beauty and health retailer countrywide after it ran an advert deemed demeaning to black hair.

Clicks store at Alberton mall vandalised with hammers and set alight

“The employees [of Clicks] saw them [EFF supporters] approaching the mall and they managed to close all the doors before they could enter.

“But they broke the glass door with hammers and vandalized the shelves. They also then started a fire inside the store,” Maloka said.

Maloka said 12 staff members who were inside the store, managed to escape through the emergency back entrance.

Clicks store at Alberton mall vandalised with hammers and set alight

He said firefighters had managed to extinguish the blaze.

“The management at the mall decided that they would shut down the entire mall in the next hour.”

Gauteng police could not immediately comment on the matter.

-Sowetan

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