Adam Catzavelos’ sentence is insufficient to act as a deterrent and to prevent others from acting in a similar way, the Gauteng EFF says.
Catzavelos was sentenced in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to a fine of R50 000 or two years in prison, both suspended for five years.
“It looks like people can act racist and then run to the Equality Court, where they will be fined. Most white people in the country have the money to pay the fines, due to the benefit of 400 years of tribulation (of black people), “Mandisa Mashego, chairperson of the EFF in Gauteng, said after the court proceedings.
Mashego filed the lawsuit against Catzavelos in 2018 after using the k-word in a video earlier that year.
Catzavelos, meanwhile, has apologized to black people and the whole of South Africa.
Magistrate Hleziphi Mkhasibe said she could see Catzavelos was truly remorseful for his actions.
“The accused said under oath that he was sorry and I have no reason to believe he was not sincere,” says Mkhasibe.
Catzavelos is doing community work at the Seth Mazibuko Legacy Foundation and Seth Mazibuko testified in Catzavelos’ favor in sentencing.