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Five people arrested for malicious damage to property following a protest at Clicks in Alberton

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Gauteng



PARKTOWN - An investigation by police into a case of malicious damage to property following an attack on a Clicks Store by a group of people at the Lemon Tree shopping centre in Alberton on Monday morning, 07 September 2020, has led to the arrest of five suspects.

It is reported that the employees had locked themselves inside the store after receiving a warning of the planned EFF protest against Clicks Stores, and that a group of people clad in EFF regalia were coming for this particular store.

On arrival of the latter group at the store and finding the doors locked, the suspects allegedly smashed and broke down the windows and the door, forcing entry into the store where they caused further damage including a fire that was swiftly contained. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed.

Alberton police immediately activated and collaborated with the Ekurhuleni District trio task team and swiftly arrested five suspects whose ages range from 21 to 40.

Their court appearance is yet to be determined.

In another incident, a case of malicious damage to property has been opened for investigation after a group of people also on Monday 07 September 2020 allegedly stormed the Clicks Store in Bryanston, kicked down shelves and destroyed property.

No injuries were reported in both incidents.

Police in Gauteng remain on high alert and will continue to monitor to ensure stability.

Gauteng Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has warned that law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to act decisively against anyone who acts criminally, including those who destroy property and/or incite violence.



Brigadier Mathapelo Peters
076 065 6502