- DA leader John Steenhuisen has distanced himself from the racism scandal revolving around Gareth Cliff
- Cliff had told community activist Mudzuli Rakhivhane that her personal experiences of racism are unimportant
- There has been a massive fallout as a result with a social media backlash and Nando's pulled its sponsorship
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CAPE TOWN - DA leader John Steenhuisen has distanced himself from the racism scandal Gareth Cliff is currently embroiled in.
Steenhuisen was part of a discussion with community activist Mudzuli Rakhivhane on Cliff's Burning Platform show.
Rakhivhane recounted an experience of racism when Cliff told her that personal experiences are anecdotal and therefore invalid.
This resulted in a massive backlash on social media, Nando's pulled their sponsorship of the show as a result.
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Steenhuisen has been accused of sympathising with Cliff, claiming that his body language made it appear that he agreed with the former radio DJ according to EWN
The Business Day reported that some believed that he was smirking during the exchange between Cliff and Rakhivhane. He rejected this and said that people's facial expressions cannot be policed.
"Just hong hong": Mzansi calls Nando's out after company pulls Cliff sponsorship
Earlier, Briefly News reported that South Africans are speaking out following Nando's SA's decision to terminate its sponsorship of Gareth Cliff and his show, 'The Burning Platform'.
Cliff made headlines this week after denying racism was a meaningful issue in Mzansi.
Peeps certainly had mixed reactions to the company's decision, with many people accusing the restaurant of giving in to 'cancel culture.'
Still, others accused the company of being wishy-washy and believe the brand is only trying to cover their own backs.
Gareth Cliff trends after appearance on MacG's podcast: "Great interview"
In related news, Briefly News previously reported that Cliff was the latest Mzansi celeb to sit down with MacG on his podcast.
The former 5FM presenter trended on social media following the interview on Podcast and Chill with MacG.
In the latest episode of the show, MacG and Cliff discussed the latter's business relationship with former Metro FM presenter Tbo Touch and also touched on his business deals.