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The Cliff Central responds to backlash over open letter to Ramaphosa

In his letter, Gareth claimed South Africans’ “patience and emotional state of affairs are on a knife-edge” during the nationwide lockdown and many were “losing hope”.

Radio host and businessman Gareth Cliff has responded to the backlash over his open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, claiming that those who thought he was speaking for white people are making it all about him and not the issues he raised.

“Many of us aren’t afraid of the virus any more. 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,” he said, warning that not getting the confidence of the people could end in disaster.

While many voiced their outrage at Gareth’s open letter, the star told listeners of his Cliff Central show this week that he was not speaking for anyone but himself.

“People who say, ‘Oh, you’re speaking on behalf of white people or people with money’, I’m like no, you’re projecting me into this story, it’s not about me. I find this whole thing bizarre.”

He also slammed claims that he was being disrespectful to the president and said he had nothing personal to gain from his open letter.

Gareth noted that some columnists had shared his sentiments but did not get the same amount of backlash, claiming that it may have been because they are not white.

“I read Barney Mthombothi’s column in the Sunday Times yesterday, a man I respect enormously. He was pretty much echoing precisely the sentiments that I have … I don’t know if he got this hatred, maybe it was because he is not white.”

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