Legal heavyweight and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national chairperson Dali Mpofu’s legal representation of DJ and Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff, who was sacked by M-Net for his response to the recent racial storm to hit South Africa, has been met with a storm of disapproval on social media.
Prior to being fired, Cliff responded to a poll on Twitter over a call that racist social media posts be criminalised. He tweeted: “People don’t understand free speech at all”. He later apologised but soon realised his rights were infringed upon, said Eric Mabuza, who is part of Cliff’s legal team.
M-Net in turn is expected to be served with court papers, demanding he is reinstated as an Idols SA judge and if the channel does not do so, auditions must be halted until court action for defamation and breach of contract is finalised.
This will incorporate a R25 million intent to sue. M-Net had a 2pm deadline yesterday to respond, but by then had said it was still consulting and studying the matter, he added. Mpofu would not comment on the case or the social media posts against him representing Cliff.
“I am not allowed to respond to it, I cannot talk about it at all,” he said. However support also flooded in for Mpofu, with some social media users saying that his practice in law was separate from the EFF. Cliff was not taking interviews yesterday but Mabuza said he was confident of the case and in good spirits.