Gareth Cliff is hot for city’s Cougars

2010-08-07 00:00

COUGAR: An attractive woman in her 30s or 40s who frequents clubs in order to “prey” on much younger men. — Urban Dictionary

Is the city of Pietermaritzburg known for it’s cougars? This was the debate in The Witness newsroom after 5FM DJ and Idols judge Gareth Cliff made remarks about sassy older women on his morning radio show.

Cliff, who was appearing at China White night club in Cape Town last night, said he was apprehensive about going to Pietermaritzburg because of the attention he receives from women who are older than him.

“I’ve only ever seen that many cougars in Pietermaritzburg,” he said in his show on air.

In an effort to find out more, The Witness posted a status update on its Facebook page and, tagging Cliff in the note, asked where the PMB cougars could be found. Cliff hasn’t yet responded.

However, night club owner Brad Grieve said that “it comes from a night he [Cliff] spent at Franki Bananaz. We won’t mention names.”

Others joined the debate online — amused at the prospect, but still none the wiser.

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