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Nando's pulls Dictator ad over threats

2011-12-01 14:49
 
Nando's ad
Johannesburg - The "Last Dictator Standing" TV commercial currently running in South Africa will be cancelled, the Nando's restaurant chain said on Thursday.

"We've noted with concern the political reaction emanating out of Zimbabwe, including perceived threats against Nando's Zimbabwe's management, staff and customers," the company said in a statement.

On Tuesday, a militant youth group loyal to Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe called for a boycott of Nando's because of the ad.

Nando's SA said it took these threats very seriously and would no longer flight the TV commercial as part of its festive season campaign.

Volatile climate

"We feel strongly that this is the prudent step to take in a volatile climate and believe that no TV commercial is worth risking the safety of Nando's staff and customers."

The commercial shows Mugabe dining alone at Christmas, his empty table set for departed dictators, including Muammar Gaddafi.

To the soundtrack of Mary Hopkin's hit song Those Were the Days, the commercial shows an actor playing Mugabe reminiscing about his times with former dictators. It portrays him and Gaddafi engaging in a water pistol fight, with Gaddafi wielding a golden AK-47.

Mugabe also makes sand angels with Iraq's Saddam Hussein, sings karaoke with Chairman Mao, and holds overthrown Ugandan dictator Idi Amin astride a tank.

The head of Nando's Zimbabwe franchise said it was not informed of the South African television and press campaign.

It is an offence under Zimbabwean law to insult Mugabe or undermine the authority of his office.

- SAPA

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