South Africa's sports ministry has called for the suspension of former Sprinboks coach Nick Mallett and former test player Naas Botha from their roles with television network Supersport.
The call comes after fellow analyst and former Springbok Ashwin Willemse walked off set, alleging unfair treatment by his colleagues.
The Sports Ministry believes Willemse's response was based on being called a quota player by the pair and says they should be suspended until an investigation is completed.
On air Willemse said he was labelled a quota player during his career and accuses Botha and Mallett of patronising him.
South Africa's Eyewitness News reported that while the cameras were rolling, the award-winning former rugby player expressed disappointment and added that he is happy that this is now unfolding in public.
The incident has sparked a mixed bag of reactions from South Africans across disciplines and sporting codes.
The Sports Ministry says SuperSport will be endorsing alleged racism if Botha and Mallett are not suspended until an investigation is completed.
Spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga says, "Obviously, we'll call for that [suspension], up until an investigation is done by SuperSport. Failure to do that would be an endorsement, by the sports broadcaster, for an alleged act of racism against Mr Willemse."
Mhaga adds that the department is expecting SuperSport to conduct a full investigation.