Nando's has terminated sponsorship of Gareth Cliff's 'Burning Platform' show

Nando's has terminated sponsorship of Gareth Cliff's 'Burning Platform' show

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Nando's has terminated with effect its 5-year sponsorship of Radio and Television Personality Gareth Cliff's 'Burning Platform' show following the Personality's racial incident that had Twitter users more especially public figures questioning the chicken brand's association with him.

During an interview with DA leader John Steenhuisen and One South Africa Movement member Mudzuli Rakhivhane, Cliff discussed the furore over DA posters in Phoenix, Durban, which were removed following an outcry. The posters claimed the ruling party branded the historically Indian community racist, while the DA celebrated them as heroes during the July unrest. The posters, placed on top of each other, read: "The ANC called you racists" and "The DA calls you heroes."

During the interview, Cliff claimed race was "at the bottom of the list" for many South Africans.

Rakhivhane replied: "They obviously don't experience the type of racism I experience on a daily basis."

This was followed by a response from Cliff, saying her experience was "completely anecdotal" and "unimportant".

Cliff's comments triggered outrage and criticism against Nando's sponsorship of his show. Nando's said Cliff failed to create an environment where free speech was possible by talking over Rakhivhane and dismissing her view while not allowing her to adequately express it.