SACP to meet fast food chain to ‘iron out’ issue

2012-11-30 00:00

THE SACP will meet the Fish and Chip Company today, to try and kiss and make up, after it called for a boycott of the fast food chain over its satricial commercial about President Jacob Zuma.

SACP KZN secretary Themba Mthembu had earlier called for a boycott, because of the company’s spoof about dinner time at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

He labelled the television advert a “blatant disrespect to the Office of the President and the people of South Africa”.

This was because it “poked fun” at the size of the president’s family and insinuated that the family was fed by the taxpayer.

“We are going to meet the company to tell them what we think of it. If they show regret and realise the mistake they have made, we will call off the boycott,” said Mthembu.

A spokesperson for Taste Holdings Madelain Roscher said that the meeting with the SACP was to “iron out” issues about the advert so that the party would end its boycott call.

Taste Holdings CEO Carlo Gonzaga pulled the advert off air earlier this week, because of the controversy it had drawn.

The commercial went viral after SABC declined to air it two hours before it was due to be broadcast.

It began with Zuma seated around a table with several women and children.

A woman exclaims: “Ooohhh Zuzulicious we are having fish and chips from Shabba today?”

Zuma then replies: “Eat up honey bunch, there is a lot of good food here … There’s many of you in this house. At only R25, even Pravin will approve this.”

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has called for the SABC to explain the reasoning behind the ban, how the decision was made and by whom.

“A public broadcaster is supposed to act in the interests of all citizens, ensuring that they give the platform for a free flow of information. This is not the first time that the SABC has banned an advert for one reason or the other,” a statement read.

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