UPDATE: On Sunday night Vodacom confirmed that some of its stores will be closed at least on on Monday. "Certain stores, including Mall of the North, will remain closed until further notice. The safety and security of customers and franchise staff remains paramount," spokesperson Byron Kennedy told Business Insider South Africa.
Self-declared members and supporters of the EFF, many in EFF T-shirts, attacked at least two Vodacom stores on the weekend, in Polokwane – home town of EFF leader Julius Malema – and in Makhado in Limpopo.
Both stores were significantly damaged in the rampages, with part of one of the attacks caught on video.
Eff supporters have vandalized a Vodacom store at the Mall of the North in Polokwane. They are protesting against an image of Julias Malema and Floyd Shivambu captioned "abusers of democracy", shown at the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards #eff #Vodacom #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/r43Ngz8omA— Shibu Mamokgere (@shiburyder) December 2, 2018
In Port Elizabeth police intervened after an EFF group reportedly insisted that a store at The Bridge shopping centre should be close.
The attacks come after self-styled EFF supporters threatened Vodacom with damage to property and "revolutionary visits".
Last week Corruption Watch chairperson Mavuso Msimang displayed an image linking the EFF to corruption of democracy during the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards, which have long been sponsored by the cellphone company.
So @Vodacom took all journalists in one room with an Askari @mavusomsimang to influence them and tell them what angle they should take when dealing with @Julius_S_Malema and @FloydShivambu— Thabiso ?? (@Thabisoo_T) November 29, 2018
It seems like we must stop playing according to the rules nd also play dirty#VJOY18 pic.twitter.com/4SGePz1RGd
On Saturday several EFF groups visited Vodacom stores in what were generally reported as peaceful protests.
Vodacom said the franchise store owner of the Vodacom outlet at Mall of the North reported that three women were assaulted and goods stolen during the incursion.
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