H&M Sandton City, Menlyn trashed in EFF protest

H&M Sandton City, Menlyn trashed in EFF protest

Shots were fired at the East Rand H&M store after a group of EFF protesters dressed in their red regalia forced their way into Sandton, Menlyn Park and East Rand H&M retailer stores.

Clothes racks were pushed over, mannequins thrown on the floor and clothes destroyed in H&M stores at Sandton City and Menlyn in Johannesburg.

He was then joined by another activist in a white t-shirt and the pair continued to trash the clothes.

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu congratulated members via twitter for physically confronting racism.

'The extent of the damage is not yet known since the store has closed and store personnel have left'.

H&M apologized this week for the advert and assured its customers that the jumper will be removed from the stores completely.

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The advert featured child model Liam Mango.

But Terry Mango, mother of the child model, five-year-old Liam, branded the backlash to the image "unnecessary" and urged critics, including global superstars, to "stop crying wolf" and "get over it". People have called the image racist and inappropriate.

The firm's spokesperson, Amelia-May Woudstra, said the company was sorry for the ad, "We sincerely apologize for offending customers with an image of a printed hooded top that was published on selected global online channels".

National Basketball Association star LeBron James, rapper Diddy and singer The Weeknd are among the celebrities who expressed shock in recent days over the H&M image, which has been removed from online promotions but continues to be circulated on social media.

Responding to a customer inquiry H&M South Africa said the offending product "was not available in South Africa".

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