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South African apologises for racist slur

APOLOGY: The South African man was rejoicing at the lack of black people on a beach (Photo credit: Adam Catzavelos)

THE SOUTH African man who was highly criticised for making racial slurs in a widely shared video, has apologised for the "unspeakable pain" he has caused.

Adam Catzavelos faced a huge backlash since he filmed himself on a beach on holiday, saying it was "heaven on earth" as there were no black people there.

He said a derogatory term used historically by white people to denigrate black South Africans.

In a statement, Mr Catzavelos said: "I have caused unspeakable pain to every single person in South Africa. The extensive damage my unfortunate video has caused to a country desperately trying to heal racial tensions is unacceptable.

"I have been thoughtless and insensitive and shown a complete lack of understanding of what the people in our nation have endured. I have insulted so many of my people. I am not proud. I have watched my video and feel total shame."

Since the video went viral, Catzavelos has been fired from the family business, St George’s Fine Foods, and the private Johannesburg school where his children are enrolled has banned the businessman from its premises.

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