Clicks issued the following statement on Monday through its advertising company, Magna Carta, in response to the numerous protests and incidents of vandalism at its stores nationwide.
“Clicks will take all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and peace of mind of its customers and employees. “Protest action by the EFF is currently taking place at 37 stores in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape. Seven stores were damaged, including the Saveways branch in Witbank and the Cycad branch in Polokwane.
“Clicks strongly condemns violence of any kind, including intimidation of its staff and customers. Clicks will take legal action against the perpetrators and those who incite violence or harm our people and damage our stores.
“Clicks provides an essential health service to South Africans. Stores will remain open to trade and contingency plans have been made to ensure our customers and staff are safe.
“Clicks accepted full responsibility and unconditionally apologized for the advertisement published on its website and immediately took action to address all concerns. Clicks continues to monitor the situation.”