nandos logo.jpgNando’s has decided to withdraw its advert negatively portraying President Robert Mugabe, due to political pressure and perceived threats against the fast food outlet’s Zimbabwean franchise.

Nando’s South Africa says it has been closely monitoring the reaction to its controversial television commercial, currently running on South Africa’s SABC channel.

Reports say the company takes the threats to its Zimbabwean business franchise very seriously and will stop flighting the TV commercial as part of its festive season campaign.

The advert provoked an angry reaction from youth organisations in Zimbabwe which threatened a boycott of Nando’s business in the country if the advert was not withdrawn.

Nando’s Zimbabwe, a subsidiary of Innscor Africa Limited, has since distanced itself from the advert generated by Nando’s South Africa.