- The EFF's protest at the The Smokehouse and Grill restaurant led to them closing their doors
- The restaurant suffered a severe loss and couldn't recover from it
- 29 Employees have lost their jobs as a result
The Smokehouse and Grill were forced to close its doors after the Economic Freedom Fighters protested at the restaurant earlier this month.
The EFF decided to stage a protest at the restaurant in Braamfontein on 6 September, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
This resulted in 29 staff members losing their jobs. The owner and director said in a statement that this came as a result after the restaurant was targeted for being linked to Adam Catzavelos. They say Adam was never operationally involved in the restaurant.
ENCA reported the restaurant suffered an unsustainable loss and had to close down.
The threats to our staff and the disruption to customers from the EFF compounded the reputational damage at the operation, which has resulted in its closure.
Furthermore, the employees lost the option to be part of an employee share ownership trust that was going to be implemented by the 25% stake that used to be Adam's.
It is truly sad that these people had to lose their jobs, especially while unemployment is such a problem in South Africa.
The owners of the restaurant are worried that a business can be threatened to such an extent that people's lives are affected so deeply.
They once again made it clear that they do not condone racism or discrimination.
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