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We hear from Ashwin Willemse moments after SuperSport walkout investigation

20 June, 2018, 11:38 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Ashwin Willemse was reluctant to offer his side of the story on Tuesday afternoon after advocate Vincent Maleka concluded his investigation into the events that led to the former Springbok winger's sensational walkout during a live broadcast at the Supersport studios on May 19.

In the letter, Willemse's attorneys maintained "that the May 19 incident was rooted in racism" and that Willemse informed the "CEOs on his submission to that effect".

"What comes out very clear is that Mr Willemse said he could not participate because he was not sure if the forum was the right one for evaluating the issues he wanted to ventilate".

MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela said Willemse was not happy with the forum created to resolve the matter and decided not to take part in the inquiry.

Former Springbok players Nick Mallett and Naas Botha were the panellists when Willemse walked out.

'It would be great if Ashwin could be moved ... where we don't have to work together.

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"Ashwin has a contract with SuperSport‚" said Khobane.

"I think he talks garbage, we irritate the hell out of each other and the working environment is just unpleasant and tense".

SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane says Advocate Vincent Maleka has found that there was no racism involved in Ashwin Willemse walking out from an on-air broadcast.

Khobane said he would engage with Botha and Mallett on Wednesday to find out when they would be available to return to work.

Khobane explained that Willemse still has a contract with SuperSport, but neither him, Mallet nor Botha are scheduled to commentate live this coming weekend.

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