Cape Town – South African media personality Gareth Cliff has spoken out after his dismissal of One South Africa Movement member Mudzuli Rakhivhane’s views on racism sparked outrage on social media.
Speaking in his latest episode of The Burning Platform, Cliff admitted to being harsh on Rakhivhane.
“I could have been better. I could have treated her with a little more respect probably. I do treat everybody the same that comes on the show,” said Cliff, in part.
Gareth interviewed Rakhivhane and Democratic Alliance (DA) political party leader John Steenhuisen about the party’s divisive election posters in Phoenix, which were later removed owing to public criticism.
In conversation, Cliff dismissed Rakhivhane’s experience of racism calling it “anecdotal and unimportant”.
As a result, the show saw some of its sponsors such as the fast-food company, Nandos terminating their partnership.
“I’m really not in any way angry with them. I think they had to do what they had to do. They did it because corporations have to make decisions sometimes which are uncomfortable and difficult,” said Cliff in response to Nandos partnership termination.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo