- Supersport have made a sudden decision to remove all three analysts from that air
- This comes a week after Willemse stormed off the set after an altercation between himself and Mallet
- Many have claimed that racism is the root cause of the breakdown in the relationship between the three analysts
Supersport decided to temporarily take all three analysts involved in last weeks controversial incident. Ashwin Willemse stormed off the set during a live broadcast after being angered by Nick Mallet and Naas Botha.
Before Willemse had walked off he said, calmly, that he had been called a 'quota' his whole life and would not be patronised by Botha and Mallet.
Briefly.co.za learned that the broadcaster has set up an independent review despite carrying out discussions with all parties since the incident according to thesouthafrican.com. Supersport issued the following statement:
“Despite good progress initially, the matter has unfortunately not been resolved. We have therefore decided to instruct an independent Senior Counsel, Advocate Vincent Maleka SC, to chair a review of the incident which occurred and to make recommendations to our management.”
All three analysts would still receive their salaries in terms of their contracts with Supersport and the broadcaster insisted that the trio were not suspended.
Many South Africans came to Willemse's defence while others slammed the former Springbok player for his “unprofessional behaviour”.
Since the incident took place there have been many people citing racism as the cause and Mallet and Botha have been accused of having an attitude of 'white entitlement'.
Media personalities, politicians and sports analysts have made claims that the incident was racially motivated.
When Supersport initially addressed the situation they claimed their progress had been positive and all three men were prepared to continue to work together. The sports channel claimed that racism had not been an issue.
This sudden move by Supersport may indicate that the channel did not have the situation under control as it claimed.
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