Adam Catzavelos hit with R50k fine for racist remarks

Adam Catzavelos has been given a suspended sentence of R50,000 or two years in jail for his racist remarks on a Greek beach.

Catzavelos appeared in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Friday morning where the ruling was handed down.

According to Eyewitness News reporter Ayanda Nyathi, should he commit another crimen injuria crime, Catzavelos would need to pay the fine or go to jail.

In Adam Catzavelos' case, we have now learnt, not only does he have children who are still in school but his wife is actually unemployed. That certainly, I think, had a baring in the way the judge handed down the ruling.

Ayanda Nyathi, Reporter - EWN

The judge looked at multiple factors including the submissions that were made by the EFF's [Economic Freedom Fighter's] Mandisa Mashego, who a had explained the history of the K-word and the implications of its use in a post-democratic dispensation.]

Ayanda Nyathi, Reporter - EWN

Catzavelos will still have to comply with a settlement reached out of court with the South African Human Rights Commission in which he was ordered to pay R150,000 to the Seth Mazibuko Foundation in Soweto.

Responding to the judgment, Mashego, who made submissions as EFF Gauteng chairperson, says they do not have a choice but to accept it.

Essentially you have to respect and appreciate the independence of the court but of course the court can only make a sentence or draw conclusions based on what the law says and precedence. There wouldn't be any precedence because nobody has ever been racially found guilty of racism.

Mandisa Mashego, EFF member

I am not essentially happy. Until racism is criminalised....in the interest of justice and reparations for black people we need to have racism criminalised.

Mandisa Mashego, EFF member

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