Nick Mallett and Naas Botha cleared of racism allegations

Ashwin Willemse addresses Nick Mallett and Naas Botha before walking off the SuperSport set.
Ashwin Willemse addresses Nick Mallett and Naas Botha before walking off the SuperSport set.
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Supersport announced on Tuesday that Nick Mallett and Naas Botha have been cleared of racism allegations by Advocate William Maleka's report into Ashwin Willemse's studio walkout that took place on May 19.

SuperSport chief executive officer Gideon Khobane said the report found that Mallett and Botha were not racist and they did not exhibit any unintended or subtle racism.

Khobane also said Willemse did not take part when the report was being compiled.

Willemse‚ who represented the Springboks in 19 tests from 2003 to 2007 and was also part of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning squad‚ walked off set on May 19 after the conclusion of the Lions/Brumbies Super Rugby match that took place at Ellis Park.

Willemse spoke of being labelled a "quota player" and refused to be "patronised by two individuals who played in an apartheid / segregated era".

Willemse went on to say he "can't work with people who undermine other people" and that he was "glad it happened on live TV so that people can see".

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