Government condemns racist video

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Government has condemned the racist comments made by businessman Adam Catzavelos in a video that went viral on social media this week. 

Government has urged law enforcement agencies to take action against Catzavelos. 

His racist comments, said acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Director-General  Phumla Williams, cannot be justified, and display one of the most despicable forms of racism. 

“His racial comments undermine the gains made towards social cohesion, nation building and strengthening our vibrant, young democracy. It is an insult to human dignity and to the fight for freedom. 

“South Africa is a democratic country that is governed by the Constitution and the rule of law applies and all who live within our borders should be promoting social cohesion and peaceful co-existence.” 

Government has reminded citizens that the use of social media is just like any other forms of publication, and people can be held liable for the consequences of their posts. 

“Those found guilty cannot escape the consequences of posting racist comments on social media. Racism is punishable by law, under the Prevention & Combating of Hate Crimes & Hate Speech Bill,” Williams said. 

While government respects freedom of expression, Williams said, the public should be responsible in how they express their views. 

“Racism has detrimental effects in disrupting the advances we have made as a country. Social media is a tool that can be used by individuals and organisations to promote and build peace and harmony in today’s modern society. Citizens are urged to utilise social media platforms responsibly and with utmost caution.” –