Adam Catzavelos has been in the headlines since 2018. The reasons for his rise to fame are not the best, as he was involved in what was termed as making racial remarks. The Economic Freedom Fighters has been pushing for him to be charged. How far has the case gone, and how has it affected him? Read on to find out!
In 2018, Adam Catzavelos was mentioned on many social media platforms after a video of him was leaked on the internet. Eighteen months have passed since the incident, and he has suffered dire consequences for his actions. His biography highlights how everything happened and the ripple effect of the event.
Adam Catzavelos profile
- Adam Catzavelos age: 41 years
- Wife: Kelly
- Career: Businessman
Adam Catzavelos biography
These are some of the details about the man that has been the talk of the town,
Adam Catzavelos family
These are the details of his family and how the incident has affected them,
Adam Catzavelos wife
His wife's name is Kelly, and they are parents to three children.
Ever since the controversial video surfaced on the internet, his family has been affected by the reactions of the people that the video brewed. The family has been living in fear and has received several threats from unknown people.
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Adam Catzavelos family business
The family of the accused has refuted the claims about rebranding their former eatery that is situated in Johannesburg. They have also denied the allegations that the accused still has shares in the family business.
The father of the accused, George, came out to make it clear by stating that the family did not have anything to do with Urban Eatery, which had come up a few months after Smokehouse went out of business. He went further to state that his son's remarks had affected the family businesses.
There are also some allegations that Adam has resigned from four of the family's businesses.
Adam Catzavelos k-word video
In 2018, during a family vacation in Greece, the accused recorded a short video in which he was bragging about being on holiday on a beach where there were no blacks in sight. What angered most people was the k-word that he used to refer to black people. Here is what he said in the video:
Let me give you a weather forecast here; blue skies, beautiful day, amazing sea and not one k****r in sight.
You cannot beat this. You cannot beat this.
When members of the Economic Freedom Fighters saw the video, they asked for help from the public to help in identifying the man. A few days later, the identity of the culprit was revealed.
Adam Catzavelos case
The racial remarks that Adam made while on vacation in Greece have culminated in him being summoned before the Randburg Magistrates Court for the ruling of the case. On 28th February 2020, through his lawyer, Adam pleaded guilty for committing crimen injuria. In the video, he used the k-word to celebrate the fact that there were no black people on the beach.
His lawyer went further to state that his client was under the influence of alcohol when he recorded the video and that he had shared it with close friends with no intention of making it public.
The lawyer went further to express his client's remarks, stating that Adam had suffered several instances of attacks. He narrated one case saying:
On one occasion while hiking at the Drakensberg Mountain earlier in the year, the accused and his party were attacked, and rocks were thrown at them and they had to run away. The perpetrators of that attack were black people.
The court ruling
The court gave Adam a suspended sentence of R50,000 or a two-year jail term. The court also issued another condition that should he commit another crimen injuria, he would have to either go to prison or pay a fine.
After delivering the judgment, the magistrate went further to state:
He pleaded guilty and this is a sign of remorse and that is mitigatory,
After the verdict was given, Adam stated that he was content with the ruling saying:
I’m very grateful that I had a very fair and reasonable judge,
Adam Catzavelos community service
The court ruling, however, did not relieve him from the settlement condition that he had reached with the South African Human Rights Commission in June 2019. According to the settlement, he is required to pay a fine of R150,000 in installments for two years. The ruling also required that Adam would spend 100 hours of community service at the Seth Mazibuko Foundation in Soweto, where he was nicknamed Mxolisi because he had owned his mistakes and apologised.
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Adam Catzavelos challenge
When the controversial video surfaced, many South Africans expressed their reactions on social media platforms. Interestingly, some of the social media users found the video funny, and as per the usual, Mzansi came up with a challenge. In the challenge, the users mimicked Adam's summer hat.
Are you satisfied with the verdict of the court regarding the case filed against Adam Catzavelos? Are you convinced that he has changed? You can share with us your views about the matter in the comments section below.
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