Problematic shock jock Gareth Cliff faced the full wrath of South Africans on Twitter on Sunday after the Sunday Times newspaper carried a story claiming he had admitted in his new book he had handed his former Idols colleague Mara Louw a drink laced with vodka.
South Africans on Twitter promptly let their feelings be known:
Esethu Hasane tweeted:
Gareth Cliff admits in this artichoke that she spiked Mara Louw's drink that got her drunk and fired from IdolSA.
How cruel can you be ? pic.twitter.com/g8HUCYsZyO— Esethu (@EsethuHasane) November 27, 2016
Other users also did not hold back:
Gareth Cliff is a snake 🐍 a whole damn snake 🐍— Brino (@Brinomash) November 27, 2016
Gareth Cliff has beeeeeeen hot garbage— FUCK IT UP SIS 🔥🌪 (@MandyKinZz) November 27, 2016
Wow, so Gareth Cliff spiked Mara Louw's drink to get her fired and he got away with it? White privilege + men are trash combo = Disgusting!— Papa Tribeke (@Sir_TM) November 27, 2016
And some took a more philosophical outlook:
This Gareth Cliff/Mara Louw revelation is kinda a metaphor for the South Africa story...— Harold Ferwood (@Harold_Ferwood) November 27, 2016
Another user tweeted this little nugget from 2010:
i'm screaming. this is from 2010 when the incident happened. pic.twitter.com/iQFXccaZ53— Swae Linn (@LinnMieux) November 27, 2016
Or are we all being played as suggested by writer Tom Eaton and it's just a ploy to promote his book?
Gareth Cliff drops bombshell— Tom Eaton (@TomEatonSA) November 27, 2016
Sunday Times gives it page 3
Twitter gets furious
All right on schedule for Cliff's book launch#YouBeingPlayed
Others echoed that sentiment:
What he did was horrible and we find out cos he's trying to sell us his book https://t.co/cve4PcopvW— Miss Lelo (@MsLeloB) November 27, 2016
Gareth Cliff profits from our outrage. He has a money making motive to this confession. Ngiyamnyanya 😠— Azande (@azandeintombi) November 27, 2016
This article and headline was amended on Sunday 4 December 2016 following an apology by The Sunday Times acknowledging they incorrectly stated that Cliff admitted pouring Louw a drink spiked with vodka. You can read his statement here.