SAHRC vs Catzavelos: “We want the court to rule on this matter because we cannot agree on the damages”

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it would not accept anything less than R200,000 in damages from Adam Catzavelos for his hate speech remarks.

The Human Rights Commission is taking Catzavelos to the Equality Court.

Catzavelos filmed himself using the K-word while on holiday in Greece last year, the video went viral promoting widespread outrage.

His crimen injuria case was heard in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) laid a complaint with the police.

Catzavelos’ legal woes continue to get worse as his racial remarks land him charges in three different courts.

Catzavelos received a letter from Greek authorities and could be facing charges there as well, his lawyer Lawley Shain revealed during his last appearance.

However, Catzavelos wants to settle with the SAHRC outside of court, claiming the various cases are financially draining him and that he cannot afford the R200,000 in damages they have requested.

The commission did not entertain his claims, saying they will not accept anything below the damages requested.

Spokesperson Buang Jones: “We want the court to rule on this matter because we cannot agree on the damages.”

The commission said that while the businessman has admitted that his conduct amounted to hate speech, the compensation fee was part of the process to secure appropriate redress for human rights violations.

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