Tight security as trashed H&M store reopens


Mannequins and clothes could be seen scattered on the floor and the doors of the store have been closed.

JOHANNESBURG – It is business as usual but with very tight security at the flagship H&M branch in Sandton City in northern Johannesburg following a damaging protest on Saturday.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) raided the store, along with other of their shops nationwide, knocking over merchandise and mannequins in an anti-racism protest.

The Swedish retailer came under fire after an ad showed a black boy wearing a hoodie that read “coolest monkey in the jungle”, prompting outrage.

READ: ‘Racist’ H&M sweater ad ruffles feathers

The company has since apologised, pulled the advert and the merchandise.  

Contrary to the statement made by H&M South Africa, the Sandton City branch was open and there were no traces of Saturday morning’s havoc.

READ: H&M Sandton City, Menlyn trashed in EFF protest

eNCA reporter Lindokuhle Xulu, reporting live from the mall, said around 20 security guards were seen at the store.

The men were stationed in and around the shop.

Damages were also reported at East Rand Mall in Boksburg, where police were forced to fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

The Menlyn shopping centre branch in Pretoria was also damaged by protesters.