Thuli Madonsela weighs in on Ashwin Willemse's widely publicised studio walkout saga

Carrie Guzman
June 20, 2018

TimesLive reported that Mlilo and Willemse are "finalising the formulation of the relief".

Just when you think you might have some kind of closure, following SuperSport's independent review findings, there's another twist in the tale.

In Maleka's 50-page report into the matter he states that Willemse "declined" to be interviewed and writes: "The essence of the reasons (given by Willemse) are that the incident was rooted in racism and he informed the CEOs of his submission to that effect".

Khobane says the investigation concluded that there was no naked racism from both Mallet and Botha towards Willemse.

"This is a culmination of a number of incidents".

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Willemse's lawyer Nqobizitha Mlilo says that they are willing to give SuperSport the opportunity to speak to his client to find an amicable solution before they take the matter to court.

SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane has confirmed that Mallett and Botha will resume their in-studio duties soon after an investigation from Advocate Maleka concluded that they had not been racist when talking to fellow analyst Willemse.

In his report, Maleka found no suggestions of racism on the part of presenters Mallett and Botha but expressed regret that Willemse refrained from taking part.

It was revealed on Tuesday that in a letter sent to Maleka by Willemse's lawyers‚ the former top rugby player was adamant that "racism was the cause of the incident and the narrative perpetuated by SuperSport that there was no racism reinforces his view and infringed his human rights and dignity".

The pay channel added that Willemse's contract was still valid and they would reach out to him to understand his point of view.

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