Five arrested for damaging Clicks store during protest



Following an investigation into the case of malicious damage to property at a Clicks store, five suspects have been arrested by the police.

On Monday morning, a group of people attacked a Clicks store at the Lemon Tree shopping centre in Alberton.

According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said the store’s employees reportedly locked themselves inside the store after they were warned that a group of people clad in EFF regalia had targeted this particular store to protest in.

“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,” Peters said.

Peters added that a Clicks store in Bryanston was also damaged on Monday.

Another group of people allegedly ransacked the Clicks store and kicked down shelves and destroyed property.

He indicated that the police are investigating the attack.

“No injuries were reported in both incidents.

“Police in Gauteng remain on high alert and will continue to monitor to ensure stability,” said Peters.

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