Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ashwin Willemse feels walkout incident 'was rooted in racism'

Ashwin Willemse feels walkout incident 'was rooted in racism'

Lawyers acting on behalf of sports presenter Ashwin Willemse reportedly plan to approach the Equality Court to resolve matters which led to the former Springbok player storming off stage live on TV.

Willemse had alleged that his co-presenters Nick Mallet and Naas Botha had patronised and undermined him.

Willemse had apparently refused to provide evidence for his case, and his refusal to cooperate with the inquiry acted against him, Mawela said.

Maleka quotes from a letter Mallett wrote to Scott Steward, an executive producer at SuperSport, in which Mallett says: "It would be great if Ashwin could be moved to the morning show where we don't have to work together".

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Multichoice CEO, Calvo Mawela and Supersport CEO, Gideon Khobane met with media on 19 June, after the scandal saw an independent inquiry set up to investigate the incident.

The 36-year-old Willemse‚ who represented the Springboks in 19 Test matches between 2003 and 2007‚ walked out of the SuperSport studios in Randburg on May 19 after the Lions/Brumbies Super Rugby game that took place at Ellis Park.

"I still see a place for Ashwin at SuperSport, and would like to understand his viewpoint as to why he decided not to participate in this process".

Advocate Vincent Maleka confirmed he had handed over his report to the broadcaster.

When contacted by TimesLIVE on Tuesday afternoon‚ Willemse declined to comment.

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