Media release

Government condemns racial comments by Adam Catzavalos

23 August 2018

Government strongly condemns the racial comments articulated by Adam Catzavelos, in a video that went viral on social media. His racist comments cannot be justified and display one of the most despicable form of racism. Government urges law enforcement agencies to take action against Mr Catzavelos.

Acting GCIS Director-General Phumla Williams said: “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.”

Furthermore, government reminds citizens that the use of social media is just like any other forms of publication, and people can be held liable for the consequences for what one 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. Whilst government respects freedom of expression, 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,” added Williams.

Social media is 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.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by Government Communication Information System

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