Naas Botha stays on air - SuperSport

Cape Town - Pay channel SuperSport says it will not remove former Springbok Naas Botha from its television screens despite allegations of financial mismanagement.

Botha, 58, was provisionally sequestrated by Nedbank last Thursday due to outstanding debts on a home loan.

Botha has been given until June 15 to oppose the application and give reasons as to why he should not be sequestrated.

According to Netwerk24, the bank claims that Botha is using five different identification numbers and that his income and assets are hidden in listed corporate entities.

This makes it difficult for creditors to seize Botha's assets to recover debts, the bank said in court papers.

He is believed to be director of 42 corporate entities.

Despite the claims, a spokesperson for SuperSport, Clinton van der Berg, says they will not become involved in the allegations against Botha.

“We are aware of it and appreciate what Naas is going through, but we see it as a private matter. Naas will continue with his job as sport presenter here. He is a really nice guy. No steps will be taken,” said Van der Berg.

Botha played 28 Tests at flyhalf for the Springboks between 1980 and 1992 and has been a rugby pundit on SuperSport for more than 20 years.

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