H&M stores trashed in South Africa over 'coolest monkey' hoodie
Trashed: H&M in Sandton in South Africa was targeted by protesters (Picture: Twitter/ Floyd Shivambu)

H&M clothing stores in South Africa have been trashed today in response to the ‘monkey in the jungle’ hoodie controversy.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters protested across the country this morning and social media was full of images of shops being smashed up.

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Clothes racks were pushed over, mannequins thrown on the floor and clothes destroyed in H&M stores at Sandton City and Menlyn in Johannesburg.

The Sandton Chronicle reported Police Captain Granvile Meyer said: ‘The EFF supporters have caused damage inside the [H&M] store.

‘The extent of the damage is not yet known since the store has closed and store personnel have left.’

H&M stores attacked and trashed in South Africa over the 'monkey in the jungle' hoodie
Mannequins were targeted at the H&M stores affected in South Africa (Picture: Twitter/ Floyd Shivambu)

‘No damages were caused outside of the store.’

Protesters wore red and danced outside department stores, some held signs which said: ‘H&M say “hello” to coolest monkeys.’

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The picture of the H&M model and garment which caused controversy (Picture: H&M)

However, EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu congratulated members for physically confronting racism.

He proudly tweeted out pictures of the damage done to H&M stores.

‘It cannot be after 350 years, we still have to be subjected to such verbal insults as Africans.’

A worldwide media firestorm started earlier this week after pictures emerged of a young black boy model wearing ‘smartest monkey in the jungle hoodie’.

H&M faced criticism from groups across the world and eventually removed all traces of the picture from their websites and literature.

The clothing company tweeted an apology.