AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said on Monday that the union would lay criminal charges of incitement to public violence against Julius Malema‚ Floyd Shivambu‚ and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
People wearing EFF shirts vandalised H&M stores‚ knocking over mannequins‚ breaking mirrors and using male underwear as sling shots. Sandton City‚ Clearwater Mall‚ Menlyn Park and the East Rand Mall were targeted in Gauteng.
The EFF was protesting against an H&M advert in which a black child wore a tracksuit top with the words: “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”.
The advert has subsequently been removed and the hoodie withdrawn from shelves in UK stores‚ where it was on sale.
Terry Mango‚ the child’s mother who lives in Stockholm‚ Sweden‚ said in a Facebook post that the whole issue had been blown out of proportion.
“Stop crying wolf all the time‚ unnecessary issue here … get over it‚” she posted. She‚ in turn‚ received a barrage of attacks on social media. The Facebook post has since been deleted.
News of the stores being vandalised in South Africa reached a global audience and was carried in publications like the New York Times.
H&M closed its 17 South African stores in response and apologised for the offending advertisement.
Ndlozi said: “Every single racist institution will be visited by the red brigade to ensure there are consequences to any denigration of the black race! #EFFprotest against H&M is not the last one.”
The EFF claimed that nothing was stolen during the protests.