Gareth Cliff’s R25-million lawsuit against M-Net – the next step

The next step in Gareth Cliff’s R25-million court case against M-Net for breach of contract and defamation of character depends on how the broadcaster responds to the “hand of friendship” he has extended.

Speaking at a press conference, as reported on by Channel24, Cliff said “the show must go on”, referring to Idols – which he plans to be a part of for the coming season.

The rest of the court case depends on the “hand of friendship extended to M-Net”, said Cliff. “If they do the same, we’ll reconsider the case,” stated the report.

Cliff was removed from Idols following a backlash on Twitter after he commented on a Facebook post by Sparrow.

Sparrow had called black beachgoers monkeys. Cliff then tweeted: “People really don’t understand free speech at all.”

The High Court in Johannesburg decided on 29 January that Cliff must be reinstated as a judge on Idols with immediate effect.

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