Cape Town – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has met with retail giant Pick n Pay after the party threatened to shutdown its stores nationwide, following claims of unfairness and exploitation.
According to The South African, EFF leader Julius Malema, had accused Pick N Pay of “turning their backs” on poor franchisees in black communities, leaving them with million-rand debts.
The conduct was deemed wholly unacceptable by Malema and his party, the report said.
“We have written two letters to Pick N Pay requesting a meeting with them, to raise the concerns of the exploited Franchisees, but they have refused. Bosses have used black people to establish their presence in communities – but have now have turned against them.”
Economic Freedom Fighters Statement Following A Meeting Held With Pick n Pay Management On Plight Of Black Former Franchisees And Market Store Owners pic.twitter.com/NoMpne4nik
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 6, 2022
“The duration of the independent inquiry, Pick n Pay will suspend any legal action for the recovery of monies owing by any former franchisee.
The EFF and Pick n Pay also agreed that the allegations made required urgent attention.
They both committed to “this process in good faith”.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu