ANCYL postpones march against Shoprite U Save in Cosmo City

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane talks to Honeydew Police station commander, Brigadier Anesh Maharaj. Photo: Supplied.


A planned ANC Youth League march in Cosmo City to boycott Shoprite U Save has been postponed.

The march was scheduled for Saturday, 14 October, to demonstrate against an incident at the store on 7 October during which a woman, Thandiwe Chaparandzu and her three-year-old daughter were humiliated and abused.

Read the initial article here: Watch: Mother assaulted in Shoprite after wrongful arrest

Three security guards, who have been suspended following the intervention of government officials, were filmed wrongfully arresting a woman at the store after her daughter allegedly relieved herself outside the store.

Handcuffing victim Thandiwe Chaparandzu and her daughter at Shoprite U Save in Cosmo City (right) along with Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane (far left) receiving information about the incident the next day. Photo: Facebook.

The incident provoked strong criticism from the public, with the retailer and high-ranking officials from several political parties condemning and disapproving such behaviour.

In a statement released by Shoprite media, they indicated that, “The incident depicted in the video clip circulated on social media is not related to Shoprite or U Save. Cosmo City Centre Management has taken full responsibility for its security personnel handcuffing a shopping-centre patron who entered the U Save store after ignoring a request by them relating to an earlier incident in the centre. Shoprite strongly disapproves of the behaviour as witnessed in this video.”

Also Read: DA to monitor U-Save assault case

The ANC branch secretary, Nosipho Cola confirmed the postponement of the march. She said there were some logistical problems that had to be fixed; however, ANC officials will meet with store management.

A new date for the march has not been finalised yet, Cola said. For more information, contact her on 082 841 7255.

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