Magistrate Naren Sewnarain has recused himself in the case against Adam Catzavelos over conflict of interest.
Catzavelos was due back at the Equality Court on Monday on charges of hate speech and discrimination for racist comments he made in 2018 on a Greek beach.
He recorded himself remarking as to how happy he was about the absence of black people at the beach and used the K-word in the recording.
Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show chats to Human Rights Commission Gauteng chairperson Buang Jones.
The magistrate disclosed that he had previously worked for Mr Catzavelos's lawyer and therefore left it to us to decide whether there is a danger of bias. After careful consideration, we determined that it would be appropriate that he recuses himself.— Buang Jones, Gauteng chairperson - Human Rights Commission
Jones says Catzavelos had requested an out-of-court settlement, however, the two parties cannot agree on two issues.
We were requesting R200,000 and we are requesting the court to retrain Catzavelos refrain from ever uttering such racial slurs in the future; these are the two points of contention in our discussions.— Buang Jones, Gauteng chairperson - Human Rights Commission
Listen below to the full interview: