Ashwin colleagues: SuperSport is racist

At least four black SuperSport presenters have accused management of racism in a letter sent to the company.

According to the Sunday Times, the letter was written on behalf of Owen Nkumane, Xola Ntshinga, Kaunda Ntunja and Gcobani Bobo by MVMT Attorneys and is now the subject of an investigation by law firm Webber Wentzel.

This follows SuperSport’s announcement last Tuesday that an independent investigation, led by senior advocate Vincent Maleka, found that there was no underlying racism that led to the on-air incident involving Ashwin Willemse on 19 May.

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The Sunday Times reports that the four SuperSport anchors accuse the channel of discrimination, lack of pay parity with white colleagues and alleged intimidation and victimisation.

A list of grievances, seen by the Sunday Times, reveals black anchors at SuperSport believed certain roles at the channel are ‘reserved for non-white pundits’, and complained of ‘victimisation, public humiliation, abusive language, intimidation and other inappropriate management’.

They further allege that white contractors are paid more than black contractors, who they believe are expected to do more work.

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