Cape Town – Global restaurant chain Nando’s has announced its decision to terminate its sponsorship of Gareth Cliff’s show, The Burning Platform.
The show was broadcast on Cliff Central and was sponsored by Nando’s for five years.
In his latest episode, Gareth interviewed social activist Mudzuli Rakhivhane and Democratic Alliance political party leader John Steenhuisen.
They were debating the party’s contentious election posters in Phoenix, which have since been removed due to public outrage.
According to News24, The unsanctioned posters were put up in the KwaZulu-Natal region earlier this month, and read: “The ANC called you racists” and “The DA calls you heroes”.
In conversation, Cliff dismissed Rakhivhane’s experience of racism calling it “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
As a result, the fast-food company terminated its sponsorship of the show.
“We do not, and will never, invalidate anyone’s experiences or condone racism in any form. We are taking this serious matter under review.
“In the case of The Burning Platform episode which aired on October 21, 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 while not allowing her to adequately express it,” Nando’s said in a statement.
— NandosSA (@NandosSA) October 23, 2021
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo