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Adam Catzavelos gets suspended sentence for calling black people K-word

28 February 2020

Johannesburg - Convicted racist Adam Catzavelos has been slapped with a R50 000 fine or two years prison term for his use of the K-word while referring to black people.
Magistrate Hleziphi Mkhasibe handed down the sentence on Friday at the Randburg Magistrate's Court and said it was wholly suspended for five years.
Catzavelos sparked a social media storm and landed himself in hot water with authorities when he recorded himself while on a beach in Greece celebrating the absence of black people. In his video, he referred to black Africans using the K-word and the video ended up on social media, something that sparked fury in South Africa.
“Let me give you a weather forecast here. Blue skies, beautiful day, amazing sea, and not one k***** in sight, (it’s) f****** heaven on earth, you cannot beat this," he said in the video.
While a crimen injuria case was opened against him, the South Africa Human Right Commission also entered the fray, fining him R15 000.

Catzavelos also had to apologise publicly over his racist comments about black people and do community service at the Seth Mazibuko Foundation in Orlando, Soweto.
In a statement he made to the court before his sentencing, Catzavelos said he had learnt from his service in Soweto that black people are deeply forgiving. He said he learnt from his actions and understands how he’s deeply hurt people and that he sees the pain in their eyes.
"What I have learned from community service is that there is a great sense of forgiveness from black South Africans towards white people. I ask that South Africans should not judge me in my 22s video."

This is a developing story.

Source: The Star

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