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EFF Calls Off Protests, Clicks To Award Scholarships To Rural Girls Orphaned By Aids

CHARLES MOLELE

Clicks has agreed to donate over 50 000 sanitary towels and award five scholarships to black female students to pursue pharmaceutical qualifications in 2021.

This comes after a ‘robust’ and ‘constructive’ meeting with members of the EFF on Thursday.

Clicks, South Africa’s leading pharmacy, health and beauty retailer, agreed with EFF leaders that the hair advertisement posted on its social media was offensive and racist.

In a joint statement, Clicks expressed its remorse to all South Africans, black women in particular, for the racist Tresemmé advert it published on its websites.

The EFF said it had made it clear during the constructive and robust discussion that an apology alone was not enough.

“The EFF made it clear that the days of apologies and sorry are over — and that there must be consequences for racism. In light of the above, the EFF and Clicks have put the matter in question to rest. The EFF calls off protest action at all Clicks stores with immediate effect. Clicks can now resume normal operations,” the party said in a statement.

Following the meeting, the EFF and Clicks agreed on the following:

  • Clicks expresses its remorse to all South Africans, black women in particular, for the racist Tresemme SA advert it published on the website;
  • Clicks will withdraw all Tresemme SA products from all its stores and replace them with locally produced products;
  • Clicks will also donate a minimum of 50 00 sanitary towels rural and informal settlements identified by the EFF;
  • Clicks will award a scholarship to five students to pursue pharmaceutical qualifications in the next academic year (2021). All five must be black, rural, African female and orphaned by HIV and Aids;
  • The EFF will work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that agent provocateurs involved in the vandalism of Clicks stores are brought to book.

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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