- Durban businessman Kessie Nair has apologised to and asked President Ramaphosa to forgive him for his now-infamous k-word video
- Nair is facing six-counts of crimen injuria and two counts of incitement, he appeared in the Verulam Magistrates Court on Wednesday
- In his apology, Nair said he had used the k-word as a tactic to get the attention of Ramaphosa and the nation
The Durban businessman who shocked South African when he posted a video on Facebook in which he unleashed a verbal tirade which included calling President Cyril Ramaphosa the k-word has apologised to Ramaphosa and asked the country and president to forgive him.
Nair is facing six-count of crimen injuria and a further two counts of incitement over the incident, he appeared in the Verulam Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Nair made the apology during one of the breaks from proceedings.
Nair claims he used the k-word as a tactic to draw the attention of Ramaphosa and the nation as a whole to his broader message and said he was not a racist. Nair said he could have used other words in the video but using the k-word ensured that he would get noticed because its use was so provocative.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nair said he wanted to let South Africans know that words and the use of certain slurs should not be allowed to hold sway over a person and the words and actions of others should not be permitted to destroy a person’s sense of self.
Citizen.co.za reported that Nair dismissed claims that he was mentally unwell, his brothers and ex-wife told the court that Nair suffered from delusions, a view shared by the surgeon general.
Nair told eNCA.com that he was mentally stable and did not need to be evaluated by the state to establish whether he was of sound mind and body and therefore able to fully comprehend the charges against him.
News24.com reported that Nair’s legal team told the court that Ramaphosa had not yet filed a complaint in the matter. The public prosecutor said the state was not willing to comment on this issue as yet.
Nair’s lawyer Chris Gounden said the case should not be treated differently from any other crimen injuria case. He said in any legal matter it should not matter whether the complainant is the president of the country or an average Joe in the street.
Magistrate Ncumisa Gcolotela granted the state’s request to have Nair sent for 28-days of mental observation to establish his psychological state. Gounden initially opposed the application and told the court his client needed to be released in order to deal with his heart condition.
Gounden revealed that Nair was on the heart transplant list and needed constant medical attention from his personal cardiologist.
The case has been postponed until 1 October for further investigation and evaluation. Nair remains in custody.
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