In this week’s episode of Apartheid Ended, But Racism Didn’t, a video of a young white South African man using the K-word to celebrate the absence of black people while on holiday has gone viral on social media, trending throughout Tuesday evening. I say ‘young’ in particular because Adam Catzavelos can’t be much older than our democracy, yet a criminalised word that incites hatred exists in his lexicon to the extent that he can comfortably use it on camera.
In case you missed it last night, here’s the video in which the Joburg businessman gestures blissfully during his casual weather report to show that there’s ‘not a single K**** in sight’ at a beach at an unknown holiday destination:
— CJ (@clintonj76) August 21, 2018
Among the outrage and pleas from South Africans for Adam Catzavelos to be dismissed, and his businesses boycotted, local celebrities have also used their platforms to publicly denounce the rogue racist’s actions.
Farah Fortune has a simple solution for Adam Catzavelos:
“….. and not one K@!##&÷ in sight ” wow… why doesn’t he move there then. Some of you white folks are tiring. pic.twitter.com/pMl3IXPf4F
— Farah C. Fortune (@fcfortune) August 21, 2018
Broadcast anchor Leanne Manas is also of the opinion that if anyone wants to continue exhibiting ‘despicable racist behaviour’ they should indeed leave SA:
Talk to us! Why do some insist on carrying on with this despicable racist behavior #Adamcatzavelos – if you don’t like what you see go and find a new home buddy. We want to make this country work and don’t need your likes holding us back! #MorningLive https://t.co/2Ye7VvF6aB
— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) August 22, 2018
K-FM radio presenter Sibongile Mafu is not willing to sit this one out:
Me: I’m so tired of fighting every racist on the internet.
The Internet: #AdamCatzavelos
Me: FIND HIM! FINISH HIM!
— Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) August 21, 2018
Author and Afternoon Express host Bonnie Mbuli has raised a common concern of raising children in a post-apartheid South Africa that is, in fact, still very racially prejudiced:
iWorry yam is that we still have to send our kids to schools with children raised by the likes of Adam what what, where words like “kaffir” are commonplace at the dinner table and braai’s, the amount of damage it inflicts on future generations is unfathomable. #kunzima
— Bonnie Mbuli (@BonnieMbuli) August 22, 2018
TV presenter Anele Mdoda put the spotlight on his family business (which he has now been reportedly sacked from), St Georges Fine Food:
He has deleted his social media pages so he knows what he said was foul. Watch the apology and how he employs black people warra warra warra !!! His name is Adam Catzavelos!!!! From St George’s Fine Food. pic.twitter.com/fKB83ZlaUZ
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) August 21, 2018
Because no one ever thinks that their food stop of choice might be owned by someone who’ll call them the K-word the next day, Khaya Dlanga’s tweet alludes to the fact that we live in a country that actually has successful businesses run by racist owners:
There should be no place for people like Adam Catzavelos’ in South Aftica, nor should they own any successful businesses.
— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) August 21, 2018
And just for a quick laugh, DJ Fresh reposted this video of comedian David Kau doing a parody of the original video, just to portray how nonsensical the racist observation made by Adam Catzavelos is:
— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) August 22, 2018
Penny Sparrow, Vicki Momberg and Adam Catzavelos are only three of thousands more racist folk living in our country (neighbours, classmates, colleagues, fellow restaurant patrons and service providers) that have been publicly shamed for this crime, which goes to show how powerful social media can be. The next step is to see if the legal implications for Adam Catzavelos are the same as Momberg’s crimen injuria judgement.