More Vodacom shops closed after vandalism and theft. The stores in Polokwane, East London and Tshwane have been confirmed closed until further notice.
Three Vodacom stores remained closed yesterday after vandalism this weekend. The cellphone network provider said the safety of customers and staff is most important.
This comes after a video of a crowd dressed in EFF clothes came out on social media. The group protested against an image of EFF leaders, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu is shown as so-called “abusers of democracy” during the Vodacom Journalist Awards in Gauteng on Thursday.
It’s understood it was used by the keynote speaker Mavuso Msimang, who is chairman of Corruption Watch and who has nothing to do with the company.
EFF members who were involved in vandalism are now facing charges of malicious damage to property, and accessory to a crime after DA leader Jack Smalle laid both charges at Polokwane Police Station yesterday.
An Isuzu bakkie allegedly used to transport members to one of the stores has been kept at the police station. Smalle said political parties removing the rights of individuals could no longer be allowed.
He said opening a case was not a political move. The owner of the store at the Mall of the North has told the cellphone company three women were assaulted and goods were stolen from the store.
Limpopo Police spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe has confirmed that a case of malicious damage to property was opened by the shops and no one has been arrested.
On Thursday, after the image was displayed, EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a tweet: “Fighters, don’t be surprised when Vodacom gathers journalists in strategies on how to deal with the EFF.
“It just means our fight is right where it belongs, in the belly of the beast.”
Source: Daily Sun