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WATCH: Cringey Gareth Cliff racism debate prompts Nandos boycott

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Oct 23, 2021

Oh boy! It’s not just Gareth Cliff who’s catching some heat on Twitter for his controversial racism debate – South Africans are now gunning for Nandos. The restaurant chain sponsored the broadcast on Cliff Central, Cliff’s online radio station.

I was about to order @NandosSA for dinner but have decided to cliff that idea.

— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) October 22, 2021

Given the Gareth Cliff comments, unless I hear from @NandosSA by close of business today, I will personally boycott them and make my views on their silence on – and de facto condoning of – this particular incident known to my clients and base.

— Lorenzo Davids (@UrbanLo) October 22, 2021

I will NEVER, EVER buy anything from @NandosSA again. I wouldn’t even pick up a snot serviette and bin it in one of their outlets.

— Dougie Oakes (@dougieoakes) October 22, 2021

In case you missed it: Cliff, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen and One South Africa Movement member Mudzuli Rakhivhane were talking about the Phoenix posters which sparked furore just recently. The DA caught fire for putting up its posters which read: “The ANC calls you racists, the DA calls you heroes.”  – this is in reference to the violence which broke out in the area back in July. 

A clip from the conversation was shared on Twitter by Rakhivhane  which quickly led to Cliff topping the Twitter Trends list because of a remark he made in the video which Tweeps found “racist”.

“The IRR [Institute of Race Relations] has shown us endless reports of people who say that racism is at the bottom of their list of priorities,” said Cliff.

Rakhivhane then replied by saying, “They obviously don’t experience the type of racism I experience on a daily basis.”

“Your personal experience is completely anecdotal and unimportant to all of us, sorry,” Cliff replied.

When they try to talk over you and tell you that your experiences as a black woman in South Africa do not matter. Racism is structural and even operates at a municipal level. The literal definition of black lives don’t matter. pic.twitter.com/i2KcVzjcCd

— Mudzuli Rakhivhane (@mudzy_r) October 22, 2021

Nandos responds to fury over Gareth Cliff debate

Now South Africans are coming for Nandos, swearing never to eat at any of its restaurants again. The eatery, famous for its spicy grilled chicken, is also known for its marketing and incorporating current affairs in its campaigns. It has responded to Cliff’s controversial debate and says it is taking the matter under review.

We know that you know what happened in the exchange between the panelists on The Burning Platform on 21st October 2021. We are a proudly South African brand that takes the right to freedom of speech very seriously. [1/2]

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) October 22, 2021

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