Political party calls for non-white viewers to boycott DSTV
Cape Town - The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA), a political party founded by Trueman Prince, has called on all non-white South Africans to boycott DSTV over the SuperSport walkout incident on Saturday evening.
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In sensational scenes, Ashwin Willemse walked off set following an apparent disagreement with co-presenters Nick Mallett and Naas Botha following the conclusion of the Super Rugby match between the Lions and the Brumbies.
In a statement released to the press by ICOSA spokesperson, Dawid Kamfer, the party called for the following:
1. We call on all non-white South Africans to cancel their DSTV subscription, till SuperSport remove the likes of Nick Mallet, Naas Botha, Toks Van Der Linde and Kobus Wiese.
2. We also want the removal of all presenters who represent Apartheid South Africa on the rugby field.
3. No more historical references for statistical purposes of the era before Unification.
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While it remains unclear at this stage what led to Willemse's obvious unhappiness, the former Lions and Springbok wing said: “I’ve been in the game for a long time like most of us here. As a player, I’ve been called a quota for a long time and I’ve worked very hard to earn the respect I have now. I’m not going to sit here and be patronised by these two individuals (Mallett and Botha) who played their rugby during the apartheid era, a 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".
The former winger, 36, played for the Springboks between 2003 and 2007, scoring five tries in 19 appearances.