Nqobizitha Mlilo representing Ashwin Willemse against SuperSport


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, although he did not attend any of the review dates, maintains that racism was at the core of what had transpired.

Willemse stormed off the SuperSport set during a live discussion after the Lions" Super Rugby victory over the Brumbies, alleging that Nick Mallett and Naas Botha had "undermined" and "patronised' him.

On Tuesday, though, SuperSport cleared Mallett and Botha of racism and backed them to continue in their roles as rugby analysts, but they also stated, in releasing the findings by Maleka, that they'd like to see Willemse return to work.

But Khobane conceded that Maleka said the report was poorer without Willemse's inputs.

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He says the whole incident is rooted in racism.

'The contractual relationship between Ashwin and SuperSport is that of an independent contractor - so what was the legal basis of that inquiry?

"I think everybody here understands my stance and what we would like to see happen‚ but Willemse's contract is still standing and binding".

He added, however that "In the spirit of reconciliation, I will make another attempt to reach out to Ashwin for us to find a mutually-acceptable way forward so that he knows that this issue has been fairly investigated".