Willemse heads to Equality Court after inquiry clears Botha‚ Mallett of racism

JOHANNESBURG- Ashwin Willemse television pundit has decided to head to the Equality Court for relief after independent probe found that the incident involving himself, Naas Botha and Nick Mallet was not racial.

The report clears both Botha and Mallet  of an on-air spat that saw Willemse walk out, he complained that he felt patronized by his fellow colleagues, but chose not to participate during the probe.

An independent probe was called by Supersport following the incident and the appointment of Advocate Vincent Maleka‚ SC as head to look into the issue.

Willemse’s attorney Nqobizitha Mlilo said, “We are finalising the formulation of the relief. The report by Adv Maleka SC is irredeemably flawed both conceptually‚ and on application of basic principles of law.”

He maintained that Willemse strongly says that this issue was deeply rooted in racism.

“This is a culmination of a number of incidents.”

Mlilo said the Willemse did not give his testimony during the probe because he felt the probe already had a predetermined outcome.

He said, “We expressed a view to Adv Maleka SC that he (Adv Maleka SC) was being used to sanitise and chlorinate failures by SuperSport to deal with a number of reported incidents of racism by the gentlemen in question.”

On Tuesday  it was revealed that in a letter sent to Maleka by Willemse’s lawyers‚ the former top rugby player said he was sure, “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”.

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