Angelo Agrizzi to pay R200,000 fine for K-word remarks

A settlement has been reached between the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi after he was heard in a recording submitted as evidence at the state capture inquiry using the K-word.

Agrizzi has agreed to pay a fine of R200,000 which will go to charity and issue an apology to all South Africans.

The SAHRC has welcomed the judgment.

Eyewitness News reporter Thando Kubheka has more on the story.

Many people would argue it was easily ironed out but the Human Rights Commission doesn't think so. It thinks that this case has set a precedent for others who use racial slurs and think it's ok to use racially offensive language. It sees what happened here as a restorative measure of some sort.

Thando Kubheka, Reporter - EWN

They say that Agrizzi has shown some sort of remorse that he has done something wrong and has taken steps to correct his mistakes.

Thando Kubheka, Reporter - EWN

Khubeka says the SAHRC plans to pursue legal action against those who were part of the recording - including the family of Bosasa boss Gavin Watson.

The Equality Act clearly states that no one may disseminate information that unfairly discriminates against others. During a meeting with Agrizzi's lawyers and the commission, it came to their attention that this recording was unlawfully disseminated and it will now pursue legal action against those members of the Watson family - these include Lindsay, Roth and Jarred Watson.

Thando Kubheka, Reporter - EWN

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