– Above: EFF supporters in front of the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court on 11 September. Photo: StellenboschNews.com.

Update: 14 September 2020 14:34: The legal developments regarding the protests can be found in this article.

Update: 11 September 2020 09:41 – A group of EFF supporters gathered on the grass outside the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court this morning where 16 EFF members and supporters are due to appear later on charges of contempt of court and assault.

According to sources close to the accused, they will apply for bail and the matter has been delayed as the SAPS are still verifying the addresses of the accused.

Sixteen EFF members, including EFF Western Cape Deputy Provincial Chairperson, Nosipho Makamba-Botya were arrested yesterday outside Clicks in Eikestad Mall on charges of contempt of court. One of these individuals was charged with assault in an incident involving a police officer.

StellenboschNews.com yesterday broke the news that the EFF had called off the Clicks protests. Clicks will provide five scholarships to black women in 2021 which will enable them to pursue a pharmaceutical degree. In addition Clicks will donate 50 000 sanitary pads to schools and remove TREsemmé products from their shelves for 10 days.

Stellenbosch Law enforcement and the SAPS maintained a presence outside the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court.

Stellenbosch Law enforcement and the SAPS maintained a presence outside the Stellenbosch Magistrates Court. Photo: StellenboschNews.com

10 September 2020 15:23 – Update: Fresh video footage has been obtained by StellenboschNews.com showing the arrest by the SAPS of protesting EFF members.

15:23 – Update:  In a letter to all structures, Secretary General of the EFF, Marshall Dlamini called off the Clicks protest with immediate effect. According to the letter this follows a meeting between the EFF and Clicks senior management in which the EFF vented their concern and disgust in regards to the racist advert published by Clicks. They had an opportunity in this meeting to state and discuss their demands. 

14:27 – Update: Sergeant Jason Rhoda of the SAPS confirmed that 16 members of the EFF were arrested on charges of breaching a court interdict. One of the 16 has additionally been charged with assault on a police officer. The SAPS laid charges in the course of their normal policing operations.

14:07 – Original Story: Sixteen EFF members and supporters were arrested by the SAPS in the Eikestad Mall earlier today. One of the persons arrested was Nosipho Makamba-Botya, a member of the Western Cape Legislature and EFF Provincial Deputy Chairperson.

The protesters were arrested on a charge of contempt of court for allegedly contravening a court order issued by the Gauteng High Court earlier this week. The interim order was granted to Clicks and prohibited EFF members from intimidating customers and employees of Clicks or inciting violence against the ordinary commercial operations of the retailer. It is unclear who laid charges against the protesters.

Stellenbosch Municipal Councillor Derick Hendrickse denied that the EFF or its members in Stellenbosch engaged in intimidation or violence. He said that the EFF members remained in custody at the Stellenbosch Police Station as the police are busy finalizing the docket. He told StellenboschNews.com earlier this week that they were there to protest the racist advert published by Clicks. He said that the protestors were disciplined and were engaged in singing protest songs in front of the store.

According to Hendrickse the police have said that they cannot grant bail as this is a matter of contempt of court and that bail will have to be granted by the court. StellenboschNews.com have confirmed with a criminal lawyer that this means that they will probably have to be brought before the court tomorrow morning unless other arrangements could be made with the magistrate and prosecutor.

Clicks in the Eikestad Mall is open for business.

* This is a breaking news story and will be updated as it develops.

– The StellenboschNews.com Newsroom