Willemse matter to be heard by the SAHRC

Willemse matter to be heard by the SAHRC

The dispute between former Springbok Ashwin Willemse and SuperSport will be heard by the South African Human Rights Commission in February. 

Ashwin Willemse

Willemse's lawyer Nqobizitha Mlilo says Willemse laid a complaint after walking off a live set during a Super Rugby broadcast, accusing his fellow analysts Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of undermining and patronising him.

The resulting social media frenzy led to an internal SuperSport inquiry.

The inquiry - which was chaired by advocate Vincent Maleka - cleared Botha and Mallett of racism.

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Mlilo says Willemse believes that the way in which SuperSport handled the issues of racism infringed on his right to dignity

"We hope all that all the relevant issues are canvassed and that the matter is brought to finality then. We remain as confident as we were before.”

Mlilo says the terms of reference of the commission have now been broadened to include the general issues of racism.

"They also include that anyone who has an interest in the matter may join and present evidence there and we think that is an opportunity for the issues to receive full ventilation.”


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