At the time, the former Springbok player said that he would not be patronised and couldn’t work with Nick Mallett and Naas Botha.
During a press conference, SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane said Advocate Vincent Maleka had found that there was no racism involved in Willemse walking out during an on-air broadcast.
Willemse staged a spectacular walk-out during a post-match analysis of the Lions’ Super Rugby win against the Brumbies.
Khobane said Maleka, who conducted the independent review, found there was no racial intent on the part of Botha and Mallett.
He said Maleka had viewed off-air video footage that preceded the event, as well as footage of other broadcasts involving the three. The sports channel has, however, referred the incident to the Human Rights Commission.
MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela and SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane here to give report back on independent review into on-air incident between Ashwin Willemse, Naas Botha and Nick Mallett. pic.twitter.com/07T7IHf6Re
— ✨ Hloni Mtimkulu ✨ (@Hloni__) June 19, 2018
SuperSport update on Ashwin Willemse saga pic.twitter.com/7VDA5cWtok
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) June 19, 2018