'I want Catzavelos to recognise that he is a racist,' says Eusebius

Adam Catzavelos was back in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday.

His lawyers were granted more time to get clarity on the jurisdiction of South African laws.

Catzevelos tried to apologise on Thursday for his utterances he made last year on a Greek island giving a parody weather report where he used the k-word as he spoke about how there were no black people on the beach.

Read: Crimen injuria case against Adam Catzavelos postponed

Eusebius McKaiser says he has a cluster of difficulties with Catzevelos's apology.

The first thing is that an apology has moral merit when it is completely sincere, but here is the tough thing, how do you judge sincerity? Is it entirely, wholly and exclusively the person that makes the apology who makes the judgement call?

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He says the are obvious ways that show that an apology is not sincere and heartfelt.

If their behaviour continues, if they don't make amends and don't take responsibility. The second thing that fascinates me, is do people who are harmed who then get an apology have a duty to show grace?

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

McKaiser says there is nothing in that clip where Catzavelos admits that he is a racist and has to work on his racism.

Anyone who uses the k-word so casually on a beach, you have a racist character and if you can't look yourself in the mirror and identify yourself as a racist, then no I don't want the case to be withdrawn. I want the guy to recognise that he is a racist, to say you are embarrassed is really just saying I was busted.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

McKaiser says there is a difference between being embarrassed because you were busted and acknowledging that you are a racist.

There is a difference between Catzavelos and Angelo Agrizzi, as a black South African who thinks a lot about race and writes about race. I would rather spend a weekend with Agrizzi. If a white guy says 'I am a racist Mr Chair', I can work with him. The starting point must be a recognition of who you are deep inside your person. There is nothing in the words of Catzavelos that shows a self reflectiveness about himself; that is the difference.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

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