Adam Catzavelos was unintentionally made famous when he posted a clip on social media, bragging about the lack of 'k*****s' on a beach in Greece. After a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrates Court, Catzavelos was charged with crimen injuria. So what happens next?
After an exceptionally brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Adam Catzavelos has been charged with crimen injuria.
Catzavelos had gone viral on social media after posting his infamous clip, boasting about the lack of black people on a Greek beach where he had been on vacation, Briefly.co.za reported.
Almost unrecognizable, Catzavelos had appeared dishevelled during his appearance, where he revealed that he had not been able to find a lawyer willing to take his case.
He had been unrepresented during court today, and has been instructed to find legal representation, lest the court be forced to appoint one for him.
So what happens next?
The case has been postponed until 13 June, and will see Catzavelos accounting for his actions one way or another.
Both the EFF and the SA Human Rights Commission had filed complaints, with their affidavits submitted in court this morning.
Catzavelos, who has spent the last 10 months in hiding, will be facing a large fine with the prospect of jail time looming, but remaining unlikely.
Speaking to the media, Catzavelos has said that he would not comment on the matter until everything had been finalised.
However, he did break his silence during his brief appearance today, saying that:
“I have watched my video and I feel total shame. It is hard to put into words what I want to say and genuinely apologise. 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.”
This show of remorse is likely to work in his favour, but it remains to be seen how heavy-handed the court will be when deciding on his fate.
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