'There are finer nuances of underlying race issues in Willemse incident'

SuperSport has issued a statement on behalf of three presenters who were involved in a disagreement which led to Ashwin Willemse accusing Nick Mallet and Naas Botha of undermining him and walking off the live rugby broadcast set on Saturday.

In the statement, the broadcaster says the former Springbok player and rugby analyst is pleased with the company's investigation into the incident which saw him accuse his colleagues who played rugby during apartheid of patronising him.

READ: Eusebius: 'I think the CEOs of MultiChoice and Supersport were pathetic'

SuperSport management met with Willemse, Nick Mallett and Naas Botha on Monday.

Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, EWN Sport Reporter Philasande Sixaba said that he thinks there are finer nuances of underlining race issues within this whole situation.

Also read: 'Business as usual' following Willemse walk-out says SuperSport

I don't think that Naas Botha or Nick Mallet actually made racial slurs to Ashwin Willemse but I think the patronising part comes from maybe them undermining his tactical knowledge, his knowledge about the game or his belonging within the rugby sphere.

Philasande Sixaba, EWN Sport Reporter

There are probably definitely a lot of complexities within this situation. So Calvo Mawela the CEO of MultiChoice as well as Gideon Khobane the CEO of SuperSport said that there are deep lying issues that they still need to investigate.

Philasande Sixaba, EWN Sport Reporter

Listen below to the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'There are finer nuances of underlying race issues in Willemse incident'


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