More confusion:- Ashwin Willemse “did not give testimony”

Former Springbok and current SuperSport analyst Ashwin Willemse has reportedly not given testimony in the independent investigation being carried out after an on-air incident. The findings of the investigation are due to be handed to the channel on Monday.

According to Sport24, multiple sources have confirmed that the report will be handed over without any testimony from Willemse.

Willemse walked off set during Super Rugby coverage on 19 May after tensions boiled over between himself and fellow analysts, Nick Mallett and Naas Botha.


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Willemse remained calm, but first explained that he has been called a quota player his whole life and will not be patronised by apartheid-era rugby players.

Following their first meeting after the walk-out, all three panellists issued out rather vague statements on the matter, with Mallett and Botha saying they were happy they managed to have their say, while the aggrieved party hinted at more complex issues.

“We had robust discussions in which I aired my views,” Willemse said.

“I’m very appreciative of the process undertaken by SuperSport. The complexity of the issues is very profound.”

All three analysts were taken off the air but were all still receiving “full remuneration” and “not suspended”.


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SuperSport brought in Advocate Vincent Maleka to conduct and internal probe that was originally due to present findings on 11 June. Maleka requested an extra week and the channel accepted.

In the latest, Sport24 report, the publication reached out to both Willemse and SuperSport to seek clarity on whether the former had testified or not.

SuperSport promised to issue a statement while Willemse said he “would be happy to talk later”. With both groups keeping quiet, surely there has to be something bigger going on?

When the incident first took place, the majority of South Africans rallied around Willemse. Many saw Willemse’s frustration as a result of racial micro-aggression from Mallett and Botha over the years.

SuperSport had said that it found no evidence of racism.


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