- It seems that the Economic Freedom Fighters celebrated their court victory over the Clicks protests a little too soon
- The company has managed to secure an urgent interdict barring the party from halting its operations
- This comes just hours after another court had dismissed a similar application on Monday
The Gauteng High Court has granted Clicks an interdict effectively preventing the Economic Freedom Fighters from halting its operations amid threats of a week-long protest.
The matter ordered the EFF leader Julius Malema and other high-ranking party officials to cease attempts to stop numerous Clicks branches from opening.
The interdict bars the EFF from intimidating and threatening employees working at stores as well as customers intending to shop at any of the branches.
In addition to this, the EFF was barred from 'inciting violence against the ordinary commercial operations' of the company at the centre of so much controversy and outrage.
The matter is set to be finalised on 22 September, if not sooner, and comes into effect immediately.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Red Berets had welcomed the dismissal of a similar application on Monday after the party had announced its intentions to 'shut down' all Clicks branches.
The EFF had indeed launched a nationwide campaign with top officials hosting demonstrations outside of stores across South Africa on Monday.
Celebrating the dismissal of the application, with costs, the party had commented in a statement that:
"The Economic Freedom Fighters welcomes the dismissal of racist Clicks SA's court application to stop protests against their unrepentant racism. The application by Clicks was dismissed due to being defective, with costs, and as the EFF, we are vindicated that their arrogance was dealt with harshly by a court of law."
The party dubbed the retail giant's attempt to gain court assistance in the situation as 'irrational and silly', continuing to say that:
"Their approach to the courts was nothing but a waste of time of our judiciary at a time when it has far more important matters before it. Clicks can no longer avoid accountability for their assertion that the identity of black people is inferior to that of white people."
The party slammed Clicks for what it views as the protection of racism, adamant that its demands are simple despite the company's reluctance to adhere:
"The commitment Clicks has shown to protecting racists and defending racism will come at significant cost to their own profits. As the EFF, we have made simple demands. Instead of doing this, Clicks arrogantly pronounces that its operations would continue at the expense of the dignity of black people."
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