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South African man sacked after viral racist rant

A South African man has been sacked from his family business after making a racist slur in a video widely shared on social media., Adam Catzavelos filmed himself on a beach, 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. Racism remains a major issue in the country, where white-minority rule ended in 1994. A woman was recently jailed in South Africa for using the offensive word. The hashtag #AdamCatzavelos began trending in the country on Tuesday when the video went viral on social media. Twitter users identified Mr Catzavelos and called on businesses to boycott his family #39;s company, which manufactures marinades and sauces and where he worked as a marketing director. His brother, Nic Catzavelos, sent a statement to the BBC on Wednesday saying the family was appalled by the video and rejected racism in any form . Adam Catzavelos has been dismissed with immediate effect from the family business, St George #39;s Fine Foods, and his minority shareholding will be unwound as soon as practically possible, it said. Given the high-profile nature of this development, the business has been temporarily closed for the protection of all its staff. We have no further comment at this stage. A South African steakhouse, The Butcher Shop, said it was boycotting Mr Catzavelos and had stopped serving any bastings or sauces by St George #39;s Fine Foods. Another customer, the restaurant chain The Baron Group, said it had a zero-tolerance policy on racism and had terminated its contract with the marinade firm. South African bank Nedbank and Radio 702 also distanced themselves from Mr Catzavelos, who took part in their business accelerator programme in 2014. Criminal case #39;planned #39; South Africa #39;s Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said use of the K-word was absolutely unacceptable and had no place in our society . We must all work together to isolate racists and report these incidences to law enforcement agencies so they can be held accountable, he tweeted. Opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it planned to file a criminal case against Mr Catzavelos. Social media has unearthed numerous cases of racism in South Africa. Two white South African farmers - who forced a black man into a coffin, beat him up and threatened to burn him alive - were sentenced to jail in 2017 after a video of the incident went viral. In 2016, a woman was fined for calling all black people monkeys on Facebook. Former estate agent Vicky Momberg was jailed after her racist rant was caught on video in 2016. bbc ,

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