Gareth Cliff. Picture: Instagram
Gareth Cliff. Picture: Instagram

Mzansi reacts to Gareth Cliff's message to President Cyril Ramaphosa

By Liam Karabo Joyce Time of article published May 2, 2020

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Controversial radio personality Gareth Cliff has irked many South Africans with his message to President Cyril Ramaphosa about the coronavirus lockdown in South Africa. 

In an audio clip posted on Twitter, the former "Idols SA" judge told the president how South Africans were concerned with the havoc the lockdown was causing on the economy and how "many of us aren’t afraid of the virus anymore".

 Gareth says: "It’s our health and we’ll take our chances, thank you. We ARE afraid of the havoc your lockdown is wreaking on the economy, on people’s lives and livelihoods. I see fewer and fewer explanations from ministers and more and more capricious, some would say spiteful, regulation.

"I’m not a smoker – I don’t like cigarettes at all – but when Minister Dlamini-Zuma announced that she was (after a consultation none of us believe happened) going to keep the ban on tobacco products in place, many of us (even the non-smokers) were ready to give her the middle finger – and start risking breaking the rules."

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His comments sparked an outcry on social media with many calling him out for speaking on behalf of "us".



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