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‘Difficult to say Cliff is racist?’: Tweeps after Nando’s cuts ties with Gareth

‘Difficult to say Cliff is racist?’: Tweeps after Nando’s cuts ties with Gareth

Fast food outlet Nando’s released a statement today (23 October) saying they have cut ties with radio personality Gareth Cliff following the viral clip of his “racist remarks”. However, Tweeps think the statement is “massaging racist behaviour”. 

Gareth Cliff topped the Twitter trends list on Friday (22 October) after a clip of his argument with one of South Africa’s national spokeswomen Mudzuli Rakhivhane went viral. The pair along with Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen were part of a panel on The Burning Platform. The panel is sponsored by Nando’s and was meant to discuss coalitions, the upcoming elections and their stance on racial issues in South Africa. 

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A clip from the discussion went viral because Cliff told Rakhivhane that her “personal experiences” in terms of race, were “anecdotal and unimportant”. 

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

In the aftermath of the viral clip, Tweeps vowed to boycott Nando’s. The fast food outlet later released a statement which included that they take “freedom of speech” very seriously, further infuriating Tweeps. 


Nando’s has since released a follow up statement stating that Cliff did not create an environment of freedom of speech for Rakhivhane.

“There are many instances in which Nando’s has not agreed with the opinions of both guests and presenters on Cliff Central, but we have upheld their right to express those views as a core component of a healthy constitutional democracy,” said Nando’s in a statement.

In the case of The Burning Platform episode aired on [Thursday], Nando’s is of the view that Gareth Cliff failed to create an environment where free speech was possible by talking over Mudzuli Rakhivhane and dismissing her view whilst not allowing her to adequately express it,” the statement continued.

The fast food outlet then stated that they are terminating their contract with Cliff.

“We have made this known to Gareth Cliff and the Cliff Central Team and have urged them to address this with their audiences as a matter of priority. As a result of Gareth’s actions on 21 October 2021, we have also made the decision to terminate our sponsorship of The Burning Platform with immediate effect” the statement continued.



Tweeps were yet again unhappy with Nando’s statement saying that they are “massaging racism”. The Twitter user went on to ask why it was so difficult to to say that Cliff was being racist. 

Why are you massaging racism behaviour? Is it difficult to say Cliff is racist and you din’t associate with racism?

— NDOD’ EMNYAMA™ (@Blacknails4) October 23, 2021

What is more disappointing about this statement is that you fail to call Gareth Cliff out on racism. Call him out for invalidating the racist experiences of black people! Say it with your chest.

— B. (@Busisiwe_N_M_) October 23, 2021

However, other Tweeps were forgiving towards Nando’s and ready to order some grilled chicken, hot. 

👀 Guess I am on my way to Nandos to celebrate

— Bob the Builder (@BryceAllies) October 23, 2021

‘Difficult to say Cliff is racist?’: Tweeps after Nando’s cuts ties with Gareth