EFF says it is ready for video racist Adam Catzavelos

EFF says it is ready for video racist Adam Catzavelos

Adam Catzavelos is seen hiding his face behind a sheet of paper as he leaves the Randburg Magistrates Court after appearing for the video captured of him using the k word on a beach in Greece, 28 May 2019, Johannesburg. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The party says they will attend his case at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng said they would attend Adam Catzavelos’ racism case at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, June 13.

Catzavelos’ crimen injuria case was postponed last month to June 13 to allow the accused time to seek legal representation, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said.

Catzavelos is appearing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday in relation to his comments while he was at a beach in Greece, where he used the K-word.

“We will be ready for him tomorrow at Randburg when he reappears before the magistrate’s court. The EFF will not rest until racism is defeated in our land,” the EFF said in a statement on Wednesday.

The charge was laid against Catzavelos by the chairperson of the EFF in Gauteng, Mandisa Mashego, following the video going viral last year.

A video of the businessman, which he took while he was at a beach, sees him using the k-word and praising the absence of black people.

“Let me give you a weather forecast here: blue skies, beautiful day, amazing sea and not one k****r in sight,” he said, using a derogatory term for black people.

“You cannot beat this,” he continued. “F***ing heaven on earth.”

The EFF subsequently lodged a case against him and protested outside his family businesses, which suffered a loss in trade as a result.

St George’s Fine Foods, the family business that Adam previously worked for and held shares in, dismissed him following the incident.

Catzavelos subsequently publicly apologised for the damage his video had caused the country.

In a statement, Catzavelos said: “I have watched my video and feel total shame. It is hard to put into words what I want to say and genuinely apologise.

“I don’t expect people to forgive me‚ but will spend the rest of my life repenting and trying to make up for my total lack of respect and judgment.”

Catzavelos will remain out on a warning until his next court appearance.

(Additional reporting, ANA)

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