Idols SA judging panel: Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, Somizi Mhlongo and Gareth Cliff. (Photo: Gallo Images)
Cape Town – The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) said it plans to picket and protest outside of the Idols auditions in Durban on Saturday.
Thembinkosi Josopu of the ANC Youth League’s national executive committee told ANN7 on Friday night that “Gareth Cliff is a racist. A racist of the highest extremes” and “anti-black”.
“We will picket outside at the Idols auditions in Durban. We are going to protest,” he said.
This comes after judge Caroline Nicholls ruled in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday that M-Net should reinstate Cliff as a judge on the reality singing competition.
M-Net issued a terse statement hours after the court verdict, finally confirming that they “will reinstate Gareth Cliff as a judge on season 12 of Idols”.
None of the judges will be present at the auditions in Durban as they only participate in the next round in which golden tickets are handed out for theatre week.
Cliff intends to hold a press conference on Saturday at the CliffCentral headquarters in Johannesburg.