'Anarchy is not the motive force of transformation': Tito Mboweni on Clicks attacks
Minister of finance Tito Mboweni weighs in on Clicks shutdown by EFF
Finance minister Tito Mboweni has taken exception to the Clicks shutdown led by the EFF.
The beauty and health retailer made headlines after its stores were trashed following outrage over a racist advert.
The now-removed advert showed the hair of a black woman, describing it as being “dry, damaged, frizzy and dull”, while that of a white woman was described as “fine, flat and normal”.
Many expressed their outrage on social media, calling the advert offensive and racist. The retailer later issued an apology.
Clicks said the advert was not its own and that it was commissioned by the hair company TRESemmé, which also issued an apology on its website, saying the advert was meant to celebrate all hair types, but that they got it wrong. The company says it is investigating how it happened.
The advert caused huge outrage, with the EFF taking action against Clicks by shutting down several of its branches across the country.
TimesLIVE reported that at least 425 Clicks stores were affected by the shutdown and seven were damaged.
Weighing in on the matter, Mboweni said anarchy would not move the country forward.
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Members of the EFF, led by deputy president Floyd Shivambu, protested outside the Clicks retail store in Sandton City as part of a nationwide protest on September 7 2020. This comes after the retail group released a TRESemmé advert on its website that has been condemned by the EFF as racist. Meanwhile, police are investigating several incidents across the country where stores were vandalised.
Anarchy is not the motive force of Transformation. It is regressive. Racism too is not going to take our beloved country forward! Bakuninism and racism are in the same WhatsApp group!— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) September 7, 2020
This thing of allowing disorderly behavior will come back to haunt this country. You need a very firm stance on the Rule of Law. Protest, Yes. Destroy property and business, No! But private enterprise must also be sensitive to our environment. We are building a new society!— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) September 7, 2020
We fought for freedom and democratic rights. Amongst others freedom of expression, including protest. But not to infringe on the rights of others or the destruction of public and private property. These Bakuninists must understand this!— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) September 7, 2020
As the shutdown continues, Clicks announced that it will remain temporarily closed until further notice.
Clicks also said it would delist and remove TRESemmé products from its shelves and replace them with locally sourced hair care products.
An unidentified senior executive at Clicks, who was responsible for the offensive advert, resigned amid the controversy.
The retailer's CEO Vikesh Ramsunder said all staff responsible for publishing the advert had been suspended.