Braamfontein Puma shop reopens after looting

African News Agency

Wits #FeesMustFall protest. Photo: ANA

Puma has opened its clothing store in Braamfontein that was looted during the #FeesMustFall protest earlier this week, the company said on Friday.

This comes after protesting students at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) clashed with the police in the streets of Braamfontein on Monday after they were chased away from throwing stones and damaging property on campus.

The violence then spilled over to the streets of Braamfontein, resulting in a bus being set alight, and the Puma store being stoned and looted late afternoon.

In a frenzied commotion that ensued, looters were captured on camera stealing Puma apparel such as bags, sneakers, T-shirts and sweaters.

Since then, the store was being manned by private security guards, who declined to speak with the media, while the store’s staff conducted clean-up operation.

In a statement, Puma South Africa’s marketing director, Brett Bellinger, said the Braamfontein store re-opened its doors for business at lunchtime on Friday after the staff wasted no time in repairing the damages and restocking the store.

“Your forever faster, can-do attitude has resulted in the store looking good as new,” Bellinger said of the staff.

Bellinger did not disclosed how much the looted merchandise was worth.

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