Gareth Cliff

Nando’s responds to viral clip of Gareth Cliff. Images via Instagram @grcliff Twitter @nandossa.

Gareth Cliff to be reported to SAHRC over racist incident

The South African Natives Forum is preparing to file a complaint with the South African Human Rights Council (SAHRC) against Cliff.

Gareth Cliff

Nando’s responds to viral clip of Gareth Cliff. Images via Instagram @grcliff Twitter @nandossa.

A complaint against radio personality Gareth Cliff will be filed with the South African Human Rights Council (SAHRC). 


The non-profit organisation the South African Natives Forum, is preparing to file the complaint. 

This comes after Cliff recently told One South Africa Movement member and social activist Mudzuli Rakhivhane that her experience of racism is “completely anecdotal and unimportant.”

This conversation took place on Cliff’s show, The Burning Platform, with Rakhivhane and Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen last week, on Thursday.

The organisation released a two-page statement on Monday: 

We condemn in the strongest terms the continued racism, bigotry, and injustice displayed in the strongest terms by the leader of the DA John Steenhuisen, Gareth Cliff, and Nando’s.

We condemn the Democratic Alliance (DA). The DA chose to put up posters only in Phoenix, which called Phoenix residents heroes. The DA leader John Steenhuisen said they removed those posters only because they became a distraction for the rest of their campaign due to criticisms from the media and others. But he says he is unapologetic about the Phoenix Heroes posters because he was congratulating only those who created barricades against black people, not those who murdered black people. But it’s only those who created the barricades who attacked and killed black people. That is racism. 

“We condemn Gareth Cliff for treating Mudzuli Rakhivhane in such a racist manner to a point of saying nobody cares about the racism she experiences as a black woman.

“We condemn Nando’s for not criticising Gareth Cliff’s racism against Mudzuli Rakhivhane when terminating their sponsorship of The Burning Platform. That means they condone racism.”

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“We will be reporting this racist incident to the Human Rights Commission,” the organisation said.

Meanwhile, Steenhuisen was also accused of smirking during the cringeworthy panel debate.

During an Interview on 702 on Sunday, Steenhuisen was asked why he was seen smirking while Cliff essentially told Rakhivhane her lived experiences on race were “completely anecdotal” and “unimportant”.

Steenhuisen said he did not ‘smirk’ during Gareth Cliff’s Burning Platform show.

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“Are we policing people’s facial expressions in South Africa, I find it very odd in this situation. It is like blaming a passenger in a taxi because the driver of the taxi jumped a stop street and had an accident with somebody.

 “I was a guest on the show. I was invited to talk about service delivery, and if you watch the full interview, that is exactly what I did. What Gareth did with another guest is his business.

“When you start policing people’s facial expressions, I really think we are starting to hit a new low in South Africa.”