If the violent protest action which unfolded outside Clicks stores this week continues, those responsible could find themselves behind bars. The High Court in Pretoria yesterday interdicted the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its supporters from threatening or intimidating staff and customers at any of the retailer’s more than 800 branches around the country, as well as inciting violence against Clicks’ “ordinary commercial operations”.
While the court stopped short of barring the party and its supporters from protesting altogether, legal expert Wesley Hayes said yesterday that it had barred them from unlawfully protesting.
“We all have a right to protest but we do not have a right to incite violence, intimidate or destroy the property of another person or legal entity,” he said.
He said any violent protest action that was to take place now would leave those behind it open to being held in contempt of court – adding that Clicks also had “recourse through the criminal courts against the perpetrators of the destruction of its stores as well as a civil case for damages”.
Yesterday’s interdict came on the back of a second urgent application brought by Clicks on Monday night after its first one was dismissed on a legal technicality on Monday morning.
The EFF has waged war on the retailer over an advert for a hair care product by Unilever’s