Catzavelos to appear in court next week

Staff Writer | May 24, 2019
Adam Catzavelos, who provoked a storm of outrage last year by using the k-word in a video he made on holiday in Greece, which later circulated on social media, is to appear before a Randburg magistrate next week.

Adam Catzavelos earned notoriety when a video he made of himself on a beach in Greece in which he celebrated the absence of black people, using the k-word, went viral after someone he had shared it with made it public.

The reaction, which included substantial damage to his family’s business in South Africa and his own relations with his family, prompted Catzavelos to apologise.

He said in a statement: ‘I have watched my video and feel total shame. It's hard to put into words what I want to say, and genuinely apologise. I don't expect people to forgive me, but I will spend the rest of my life repenting and trying to make up for my total lack of respect and judgement.’

However, the Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng took matters further by laying a charge of crimen injuria against Catzavelos.

Though it was initially suggested that Catzavelos had no intention of returning to South Africa, it was reported yesterday that he was to appear in the Randburg Magistrates Court next week. The National Prosecuting Authority said he would appear on 28 May.

IRR surveys have shown that, despite the great attention earned by isolated incidents of racism, most South Africans are moderate and respectful in their attitudes towards people of other races, and believe race relations have improved since 1994. 

The results of the IRR's most recent survey, conducted in December 2017, show that nearly two thirds (64%) of black respondents thought race relations had improved since the political transition, while 13% of blacks said they had stayed the same. The percentage of blacks who thought race relations had ‘gotten worse’ since 1994 was 20%.


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