K-word racist Kessie Nair’s family say no to him living with them

02 October 2018 - 18:00 By Nivashni Nair
Kessie Nair in the Verulam Magistrate's Court on October 2 2018.
Kessie Nair in the Verulam Magistrate's Court on October 2 2018.
Image: Thuli Dlamini

Kessie Nair‚ the Durban man accused of calling President Cyril Ramaphosa the k-word‚ has nowhere to live if he is released from custody.

In support of the state's opposition to the 60-year-old's bail application‚ his family said they did not want Nair to live with them.

In an affidavit presented to the Verulam Magistrate's Court on Tuesday‚ Ravi Nair said his home was no longer open to his brother.

Ravi explained that prior to his arrest almost two weeks ago‚ Nair lived with him and his family in Phoenix‚ north of Durban.

Ravi‚ a social grant recipient‚ financially supported Nair.

The court also heard that Nair's ex-wife and his two children‚ who live in Johannesburg‚ would not take him in either. Nair's family had also supported the state's application to send him for a 28-day mental evaluation at Fort Napier Hospital.

His brother Krishnan on Monday testified that Nair had changed during his incarceration at Westville Prison 10 years ago. He did not expand on the changes‚ however he stated that his brother was mentally unstable.

On Tuesday morning‚ magistrate Ncumisa Gcolotela said the state's evidence - a recommendation by a district surgeon and the testimony of Nair's brother - was enough to rule in favour of its application for Nair to be sent for the in-patient assessment.

The district surgeon had found that while there were no signs of mental illness‚ Nair was delusional.

Following the ruling‚ the state had intended to adjourn the matter to book a bed at Fort Napier for Nair however his defence attorney Chris Gounden indicated that Nair would formally apply for bail.

The bail application was adjourned until Monday.

Nair - who served six years in prison for corruption and claims to have once been a member of the notorious 26s prison gang - has been charged with seven counts of crimen injuria and two counts of incitement for his widely circulated racist rant on video and in social media posts.

In the video he calls for Ramaphosa to be charged for “defrauding this nation‚ for oppressing this nation‚ for high treason‚ for being the source [of] all crime and violence and poor healthcare and poverty in this so-called true democracy”.

In a written post‚ Nair says: “Let me go down in history‚ becoming the first and last man to have called [sic] the number one citizen‚ the state president” the k-word.

“Achieved my goal‚ now I’m ready to die‚ for my intended message is public knowledge.

“Tuma Mena [sic] [to] Westville Prison‚” he added.

A few days after unleashing a racist video rant against President Cyril Ramaphosa, Kessie Nair appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on a charge of crimen injuria on Thursday afternoon. Nair sat in the dock and shook his head as the state prosecutor spoke.