Puppet auction

2009-05-07 00:00

The recent advertisement for the chicken outlet Nando’s, which featured a puppet version of Julius Malema, brought some relief to the heaviness of electioneering politics and a smile to the faces of humour-loving South Africans, except for members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) who objected that their president was being grossly ridiculed. Nando’s withdrew the advertisement after the ANCYL’s protest and, in the process, gained maximum media attention.

Now the puppet is to be auctioned in order to benefit a worthy charity. Nando’s has maintained its jocularity by expecting “at least R5”. Perhaps the ANCYL could set aside its petulance, embrace a sense of humour and make a more worthy offer for the puppet of its controversial leader?

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