Adam Catzavelos, the man who made a video of himself using the k-word in Greece and who ended up in the public domain, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of crimen injuria.
Catzavelos and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) entered into a settlement agreement in August after the commission charged him with hate speech in terms of the Equality Act.
The agreement involves Catzavelos paying a charity to R150 000 over a 30-month period. He must also apologize for his remarks.
However, his criminal prosecution continued and he pleaded guilty this morning to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on the charge against him.
His lawyer, Lawley Shain, told the court that Catzavelos acknowledged his use of the word had impaired the dignity of those who heard it, News24 reported.
He also said Catzavelos made the statement while under the influence and after being twice the victim of crime shortly before. In both cases, the perpetrators were black people. Catzavelos’ legal representative also said he accepted responsibility for his actions.
The EFF filed the complaint against Catzavelos after the video in question came out on social media and spread quickly.
Sentencing will take place in February.