Human Rights Commission drags Angelo Agrizzi to Equality Court for racism

Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi could find himself in hot water after a racism case was brought against him.
Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi could find himself in hot water after a racism case was brought against him.
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The Equality Court will on Wednesday hear a racism and hate speech case against Angelo Agrizzi, the former chief operating officer of facilities management company Bosasa.

The case, initiated by the South African Human Rights Commission, will be heard at  the Randburg magistrate's court sitting as the Equality Court. It comes after Agrizzi's testimony delivered in January at the state capture commission of inquiry headed by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo in which Agrizzi admitted to using racial slurs.  

Agrizzi, whose testimony implicated a number of high-profile ANC politicians, including former president Jacob Zuma, admitted to the commission that he was a racist.

In a sound recording which was heard as evidence at the commission, Agrizzi could be heard using the K-word several times.

"This application by the commission follows Mr Agrizzi’s testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry in which he admitted to using racial slurs," said the Human Rights Commission in a media statement.

The case will sit in court 15 and is scheduled to start at 8:30.

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