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Racist Adam Catzavelos loses bid to have crimen injuria case dropped

The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) dismissed Catzavelos' application to have his crimen injuria charge dropped.

FILE: Adam Catzavelos leaves the Randburg Magistrates Court after his first appearance on 28 May 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Adam Catzavelos on Tuesday has lost his bid to avoid criminal prosecution in connection with his racist comments.

The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) dismissed Catzavelos' application to have his crimen injuria charge dropped.

Last year, he recorded a video of himself using the K-word while on holiday in Greece, gloating about the absence of black people on a beach.

The video, which was sent to a WhatsApp group, ended up on social media.

Catzavelos, who's already been fined R150,000 for his racist comments, argued that a South African court had no jurisdiction to prosecute him as the matter did not take place here.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it would consult EFF Gauteng leader Mandisa Mashego who laid a complaint against Catzavelos for his racist comments before making any decision regarding a possible plea agreement.

Last year, Mashego laid a complaint with the police which lead to Catzavelos's criminal case.

The NPA's Phindi Mjonondwane said: “It’s a consultation that has to be done with the investigating officer and once all parties agree, that proposal is taken to the court. The court also has a say in this negotiation process.”