Just when you think you might have some kind of closure, following SuperSport’s independent review findings, there’s another twist in the tale.
We have covered much of what was in that review already today (check in here to read about Nick and Ashwin’s fractious relationship), but since then Ashwin has really upped the ante.
He chose not to take part in that independent review, but he sure as hell isn’t happy with the findings.
Here’s Times LIVE:
…Willemse will approach the Equality Court for relief following findings from an independent inquiry which cleared colleagues Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of racism‚ his lawyer said on Wednesday…
“We are finalising the formulation of the relief. The report by Adv Maleka SC is irredeemably flawed both conceptually‚ and on application of basic principles of law‚” Willemse’s attorney Nqobizitha Mlilo said.
He said Willemse maintained that this issue was deeply rooted in racism.
“This is a culmination of a number of incidents.”
Mlilo said Willemse had declined the opportunity to participate in the inquiry because he believed the inquiry had a predetermined outcome.
“We expressed a view to Adv Maleka SC that he (Adv Maleka SC) was being used to sanitise and chlorinate failures by SuperSport to deal with a number of reported incidents of racism by the gentlemen in question‚” Mlilo said.
SuperSport might have cleared Nick and Naas of racism, but it’s clear Ashwin doesn’t feel the same.
Once again, it looks like the broadcasters are going to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, just when they seemed closer to getting everyone back in the studio.
The letter from Ashwin’s legal team, directed to Maleka, stresses how the former Bok feels:
…in a letter sent to Maleka by Willemse’s lawyers‚ the former top rugby player was adamant that “racism was the cause of the incident and the narrative perpetuated by SuperSport that there was no racism reinforces his view and infringed his human rights and dignity”.
It looks like there is plenty left to be said about this matter, just when many of us were hoping for some kind of end in sight.
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