Reports have shown that Msimang said Julius Malema and the EFF were abusers of democracy, and showed an image of them during a presentation. This was seen as Vodacom declaring war on the EFF, according to social media posts.
Vodacom confirmed that Msimang spoke at the event, and said his views were his own, but that they supported free speech.
Today the protests started in Polokwane and since moved to shops across South Africa, latest reports coming from East Gate Mall.
Assault and theft
Vodacom told MyBroadband it has received a report from the franchise store owner at the Mall of the North about an incident that took place today.
Three women were assaulted and goods stolen from the store. We understand that the business owner is cooperating with authorities
Vodacom respects the right of every South African to freedom of expression and to hold legal and peaceful protests, but condemns any form of violent behavior, including wanton destruction of property associated with such actions
It added that the incidents are “seemingly linked” to the comments made by Msimang at the awards event, reports MyBroadband
A compilation of the attacks has been attached below.