Adam Catzavelos has issued an apology and people aren’t buying it
by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 24 August 2018
Twitter reacts to Adam Catzavelos’ apology statement
The #AdamCatzavelos plot thickens. The embattled businessman has “apologised” in the form of a written statement, released on the 23rd of August, in which he expressed deep regret for his actions.
“I have been thoughtless and insensitive and shown a complete lack of understanding of what the people of our nation have endured. I have insulted so many people. I am not proud.”
The statement has made the rounds on Twitter and the public has not wasted any time in sharing their views.
This apology from #AdamCatzavelos rings hollow.
No clear admission that his speech was racist and that he is a racist. Mxm. pic.twitter.com/TUEgAJMY8p
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) August 24, 2018
Many users have said that they think the statement was written by a crisis management professional and that Adam is not genuinely sorry. Others have questioned the method of apology asking why he couldn’t call a press conference and apologise in person.
RT if you don’t believe Adam’s ‘apology’
This will be used as an annexure during litigation pic.twitter.com/Bndluhb9Ni
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) August 24, 2018
There’s a big difference between apologizing for a racist ‘rant’ – in which the apology is for the rant – and apologizing for being a racist – which is ridiculous, because you have CHOSEN to be racist. ‘Apology’ not accepted. #AdamCatzavelos #Catzavelos #Racism pic.twitter.com/iynlJrsWln
— Sara-Jayne King (@thisisSJKing) August 24, 2018
Not to be outshone or left behind, Afriforum has stated that they will prosecute Adam if the NPA “drags its feet.” According to an article published on IOL Afriforum chief executive Kalle Kriel said, “We condemn any form of racism and if the State fails to prosecute him, we will gladly take up the matter.” This isn’t the first statement from Afriforum on the matter. On Wednesday Ernst Roets said that they condemn “racism from both sides”.
Adam has since been fired from his family’s business St George’s Fine Foods, a case against him has been opened by the EFF and the DA has laid a complaint against him at the South African Human Rights Commission.
We were in Braamfontein on Wednesday and got responses, from the locals, to Adam’s video. You can see them here: