The Clicks shutdown: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Thuli Madonsela exchange clapbacks over protests

08 September 2020 - 09:34 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says the Clicks issue is that of unconscious bias.
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says the Clicks issue is that of unconscious bias.
Image: THULI DLAMINI

Social justice and law professor at the University of Stellenbosch and former public protector Thuli Madonsela has clapped back at EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, who told her to go to hell during a heated debate about the Clicks shutdown.

The red berets on Monday protested at various Clicks stores across SA after the beauty and health retailer labelled black hair as “dry and damaged” in an online advert.

The former public protector attributed the controversial advert to “unconscious bias”.

She commended scores who spoke against it on social media but condemned the violence and vandalism seen at some stores.

At least 37 Clicks stores were affected by the protests, and seven were damaged, including at Saveways in Witbank and Cycad in Polokwane.

Ndlozi dismissed Madonsela and her “coconut logic,” and said the EFF was exercising its constitutional right to protest. He also blamed authorities for the lack of punishment for racists.

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Madonsela shared a video of women speaking against the discrimination of black, natural hair. “This is how young women, using their agency have chosen to tackle the #Clicks #BlackHairMatter. I read their action as a call to #Clicks and others to examine their perceptions of #BlackHair and black women's beauty,” she captioned the video.


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