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Ashwin Willemse receives master’s degree

Staff Reporter

Former Springbok rugby star Ashwin Willemse graduated with a Masters of Management in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, with Distinction on Wednesday.

His wife Michelle Willemse also graduated with a Philosophy degree on Tuesday

Speaking at the Great Hall stairs of Wits University on Thursday, Ashwin emphasised the importance of education.

“Our human dignity is embedded in education because, through education, we get to know ourselves. Once you know yourself, you can give the world your authentic self.

“Education is the path to wherever your heart desires, to wherever your courage will take you; it is the path to the true liberation,” said Willemse.

He spoke of the transformative power of education, following his and his wife’s graduations at the University of Witwatersrand.

The university tweeted a photograph of the couple outside the Great Hall, along with hashtags including “#CoupleGoals”.

Meanwhile, Sport24 reported on Thursday that Naas Botha was set to return to the SuperSport studio for the first time since an incident in May, when Willemse walked off a live Super Rugby production.

Willemse walked off of the SuperSport set last month after he accused co-hosts Mallett and Botha of patronising him. SuperSport initially denied that there was significant animosity between them, but announced that all three would be pulled off the air while an independent mediator looked into the issue.

Willemse said at the time, he had “consistently told SuperSport about the behaviour of the two individuals” adding that the idea to refer the SuperSport matter to the Human Rights Commission was theirs

Willemse said he was “undermined” and “patronised” by Botha and fellow pundit Nick Mallett.

An independent investigation, ordered by Supersport, did not find evidence of racism in the matter, but Willemse has said he will take the matter to the Equality Court.

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