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Adam Catzavelos K-word hearing postponed

Adam Catzavelos
Adam Catzavelos

Businessman Adam Catzavelos cut a lonely figure ahead of his appearance in the Randburg Magistrates Court on charges of crimen injuria. 

Catzavelos was thrust into infamy last August after a video of him using the k-word to celebrate the fact that there were no black people around him on a beach holiday went viral. 

Speaking briefly to the Sowetan on Tuesday morning, Catzavelos said he did not wish to speak publicly about the incident until his matter was finalised. 

Last year the EFF in Gauteng had opened a case against him at the Bramley police station after the video surfaced.

The National Prosecuting Authority would only confirm that a warrant had been served to Catzavelos, explaining that accused people could be named only after they had appeared in court.

The outrage over Catzavelos' comments led to his family’s business being dumped by major clients, including top-end restaurants, and he was fired from the business with immediate effect.

Adam Catzavelos appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on May 28 2019 on a charge of crimen injuria. The case follows the emergence of a video last year in which Catzavelos used the k-word when expressing joy that there were no black people on a beach in Greece.

He went public to apologise for the damage his video had caused the country.

"I have watched my video and feel total shame. It is hard to put into words what I want to say and genuinely apologise‚" he said in a statement. "I don’t expect people to forgive me‚ but will spend the rest of my life repenting and trying to make up for my total lack of respect and judgment."

His brother, Nic, said last year that his younger brother's video rant had ripped apart the family and their parents had left the country.

In an interview with the Sunday Times in August 2018, Nic said: "Never in our home, growing up, was the k-word used. One doesn't learn things only at home."

Asked if he would cut ties with his brother, Nic said: "Will I abandon my brother? No. My brother is my blood. But it does not mean that I am not angry and do not condemn him for his actions."

The matter was postponed to June 13 to allow Catzavelos to bring a lawyer. 

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