Adam Catzavelos gets a R150k fine, South African Twitter calls it a ‘joke’

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Adam Catzavelos will pay a R150 000 fine for his racist remarks in a viral video posted from a Greek beach in August 2018.

The fine will be payable over 30 months, effectively allowing Catzevelos to pay it off at R5000 per month. Also included in the punishment is 160 hours of community service.

However, the news of Catzevelos’s punishment didn’t go down well with South Africans on Twitter.

Mirroring a year ago, #AdamCatzevelos trended on the social network as users lamented the lack of jail time.

“Price of calling 47.4 million people K-word is R150000,” tweeted one user.

Some thought the punishment was fair.

While others were just largely there for the memes.

It’s not the first time Catzavelos has trended on Twitter. After his viral video, a Twitter challenge became a national pastime as users subverted his flippant remarks in their own parody videos.

He’s also far from the first South African to receive punishment (judicial or ridicule online) for racist remarks.

In 2016, estate agent Penny Sparrow compared black people to monkeys in a Facebook post. Sparrow died earlier this year as a result of lung cancer.

Later that year, Capetonian Matthew Theunissen was also called out on social media for his remarks on Facebook made about then-minister of sport Fikile Mbalula.

eature image: screenshot, @fcfortune via Twitter

Andy Walker, former editor


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