Willemse lawyer: No value in participating in SuperSport review

Ashwin Willemse reportedly did not see the value in participating in SuperSport’s independent review.

On Tuesday, SuperSport delivered the conclusion on an independent review on the Ashwin Willemse on-air walk-out. The report claims the conduct of Nick Mallett and Naas Botha “does not manifest naked racism and was not motivated by racist considerations”.

During the review, it was remarked that Willemse had opted out of the review process, conducted by by Advocate Vincent Maleka with the assistance of Professor Adam Habib.

Willemse’s lawyer Nqobizitha Mlilo told SAFM radio host Tsepiso Makwetla on Wednesday morning that Willemse “did not see any value in participating with the process” because the rugby analyst had already expressed his views before the independent review.

Mlilo said that the rugby analyst and former Springbok wing is intending to fulfil his contract with SuperSport. 


Willemse walked off of the SuperSport set last month after he accused co-hosts Mallett and Botha of patronising him. SuperSport initially denied that there was significant animosity between them, but announced that all three would be pulled off the air while an independent mediator looked into the issue.

READ MORE: No racism in Willemse walk-out, says SuperSport

Mlilo told Makwetla that Willemse had “consistently told SuperSport about the behaviour of the two individuals” adding that the idea to refer the SuperSport matter to the Human Rights Commission was theirs. — with additional reporting from Luke Feltham

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Not acknowledging crimes against humanity is the Springbok way

South African rugby was racist, is still racist, and nothing will truly transform it.

Party political meddling threatens future of universities

Campuses elsewhere in Africa have seen the damage done by student activism influenced by political parties, a matter that has raised concern at South Africa’s higher education institutions

Students need unity from leadership, not Twitter wars

Universities South Africa is an important voice that we should look to in the higher education sector. Unfortunately it is often inaudible

Covid-19 lockdown pushes Wits University to offer online learning

The university plans to teach online as South Africa’s lockdown continues, and is offering zero-rated data for its teaching sites, as well as computing devices for students

Habib leaves with no regrets about the decisions he made at Wits

The vice-chancellor announced he will be heading to SOAS next year

MPs want inquiry into academics’ pay

The portfolio committee on higher education says that vice-chancellors salaries are not justifiable due to university performance
Advertising

Subscribers only

SAA bailout raises more questions

As the government continues to grapple with the troubles facing the airline, it would do well to keep on eye on the impending Denel implosion

ANC’s rogue deployees revealed

Despite 6 300 ANC cadres working in government, the party’s integrity committee has done little to deal with its accused members

More top stories

It’s not a ‘second wave’: Covid resurges because safety measures...

A simple model shows how complacency in South Africa will cause the number of infections to go on an upward trend again

Trouble brewing for Kenya’s coffee growers

Kenyan farmers say theft of their crop is endemic – and they suspect collusion

Unisa shortlists two candidates for the vice-chancellor job

The outgoing vice-chancellor’s term has been extended to April to allow for a smooth hand-over

How US foreign policy under Donald Trump has affected Africa

Lesotho has been used as a microcosm in this article to reflect how the foreign policy has affected Africa
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday