- Ashwin Willemse confirmed that he had reached out to Nick Mallet and Naas Botha in a reconciliatory move
- The trio was thrust into the national spotlight after Willemse stormed off from the SuperSport set after claiming he was being patronised by Mallet and Botha
- Willemse said he would still be taking the matter to the equality court
Ashwin Willemse has confirmed that he had reached out to his co-workers at SuperSport, Nick Mallet and Naas Botha. Willemse said he wanted at least attempt to strike a reconciliatory tone with Botha and Mallet.
Willemse, Mallet and Botha were thrust into the national spotlight and became the focal point of a renewed national debate about institutionalised racism after Willemse sensationally stormed off from the SuperSport set. The former Springbok claimed that he was being patronised.
Willemse said he had decided to reach out to his former co-presenters because he had seen what effect the entire process had on his own family and understood that it would be the same for Mallet and Botha.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Willemse confirmed that he would still be taking the matter to the Equality Court because he felt it provided the proper platform for the matter to be discussed and debated.
Willemse said he did not believe his move to reconcile with his employers at SuperSport and with Mallet and Botha would impede or taint proceedings at the Equality Court.
He said: “It’s now about the restoration and provision for people’s equality and human rights to be respected.”
Sport24.com reported that Willemse maintains his view that the incident has its roots in a deep-seated racist culture. He said he hoped that the process which he had started and would carry through until its completion would legitimise his belief.
Willemse noted that he was willing to take part in the hearings at the Equality Court because it was an institution which was specifically tasked with dealing with these types of incidents.
SuperSport confirmed that it would send the findings of its own independent hearings into the matter to the Equality Court. The broadcaster established an independent inquiry into the incident shortly after it happened.
Willemse refused to take part in the SuperSport inquiry.
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