A South African fast food chain has withdrawn a TV advert which pokes fun at Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as “the last dictator standing”.
Nando’s South Africa said it decided to act after receiving threats to its staff in Zimbabwe from a youth group loyal to Mr Mugabe.
The video shows a sad Mugabe look-a-like dining alone at a table set for Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Uganda’s Idi Amin and other late autocratic rulers.
The firm is known for its cheeky ads.
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“We’ve noted with concern the political reaction emanating out of Zimbabwe, including perceived threats against Nando’s Zimbabwe’s management, staff and customers,” Nando’s South Africa said in a statement.
“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 video – which reportedly cost up to $370,000 (£236,000) to produce – was part of a Christmas festive season campaign running on South African TV.