What do you offer for puppet TV star?

The Julius Malema lookalike puppet, the star of a Nando's advert, is up for auction - and the chicken outlet believes it will receive "at least R5" for him.

The Julius Malema lookalike puppet, the star of a Nando's advert, is up for auction - and the chicken outlet believes it will receive "at least R5" for him.

"We didn't want him to spend the rest of his life being an ornament," Nando's marketing manager Sylvester Chauke said yesterday.

"We do expect him to fetch a good price - he has become a celebrity overnight.

"And his whole wardrobe comes out of the Woolworths children's section."

In a campaign that has secured Nando's maximum media coverage, the puppet first entertained audiences in an advert mocking the ANC Youth League leader's "demand for change".

"You order a quarter peri-peri chicken with chips and a cooldrink for R33,95," said the puppet.

"You pay with R40, you get R6,05 change, but if you pay with R100, you get R66,05 change. That's more change than you paid for the meal in the first place."

The ANCYL threatened "militant action" if Nando's did not pull the advert.

The chicken outlet, known for its risqué ad campaigns, responded by re-flighting the ad with the face of "Julius" blurred and his voice distorted. It also featured a strip at the bottom of the screen, declaring that the picture and sound had been masked to protect innocent parties.

Now Nando's has decided to auction the puppet for charity through the Star newspaper.

The charity to benefit is the Self-Help Development Organisation, which helps young men to finish school and study mechanics, woodworking and electrical engineering.

"We're sure the ANC Youth League won't have a problem with that," said Chauke. - Sapa

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