Clicks SA took a knock from the EFF after their dry hair products advert caused an uproar. EFF arranged countrywide protests and some shops even ended up petrol-bombed. Now the protests ended, rumours that EFF got paid off to end the protests made their way onto social media. However, on September 17th, Clicks SA denied it and called it “fake news.”
Clicks SA paid off EFF – allegations and denial
On Twitter, a post emerged that the Organisation for Civil Liberties heard that the company paid off the EFF. Addressed to Mr Ramsunder, the tweet claimed that they heard that the EFF demanded R2m to end the protest action. The OCLSA demanded an answer or promised further boycott action. In the letter, they also apparently said that they intended to “process necessary action against Clicks.”
Two days after the deadline given for an answer, the verified Clicks SA account on Twitter responded. In their tweet, they commented, “Hi, this is fake news. Clicks did not pay or agree to pay any money to the EFF. The extent of the agreement is what is detailed in the joint statement released by the EFF and Clicks on 10 September 2020.”
Hi, this is fake news. Clicks did not pay or agree to pay any money to the EFF. The extent of the agreement is what is detailed in the joint statement released by the EFF and Clicks on 10 September 2020.
— Clicks (@Clicks_SA) September 17, 2020
Actually, a lot of people seemed fine with it if they did pay
Ahead of Click SA denying they made any payment, a lot of people talked about it on Twitter. Surprisingly, quite a lot of people saw nothing wrong with it. @mduKuPhela who tweeted the letter, allegedly from the OCLSA, got a lot of responses. @Nkuley9 argued, “Even if they were paid R2M, But 5 People Will Still Get Their Scholarship From Clicks, And It Is Still Going To Donate A Minimum Of 50K Sanitizers To The Most Disadvantaged.”
Then, @GNmtshali noted, “If they gave them money so what! Anyway eff is an NGO and they can receive donations from anyone including those they oppose nina you angry because you didn’t think about it I still say Big up to them for fighting for a child freedom is free baba.”
Another person who didn’t mind the Clicks SA alleged payment simply asked, “What’s wrong with EFF being paid that money??”
What’s wrong with the EFF accepting money?
Although it looks like no money actually exchanged hands, one person explained why it would be morally wrong. Accountant and tax adviser @SeanGoss31 noted, “Extortion and racketeering is a criminal offence in South Africa and falls under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 1998.”
What are your thoughts on the allegations that EFF got paid two million to call off the protests? Clicks SA denied the allegation, so it probably never happened. But if it did, do you see any moral issues with that? Sound off in the comments below.