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Penny Sparrow Due in Court Over Racist Post

Sparrow is still in hiding.

Durban estate agent Penny Sparrow is set to have her day in court this week, News24 reported.

This comes after the African National Congress launched a complaint of hate speech against her following her racist rant in January in which she referred to black people on public beaches as ‘monkeys’, sparking a national outcry.

In her now infamous Facebook post, Sparrow wrote: ‘These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Year’s eve and New Year’s day on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever so to allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and troubles and discomfort to others. I’m sorry to say that I was amongst the revellers and all I saw were black on black skins what a shame. I do know some wonderful and thoughtful black people. This lot of monkeys just don’t want to even try. But think they can voice opinions and get their way of dear. From now on I shall address the blacks of South Africa as monkeys as I see the cute little wild monkeys do the same, pick and drop litter.’

ANC attorney Peter Williams said on Sunday that the matter would be heard on Friday 10 June in the KwaZulu-Natal Equality Court, although Williams also confirmed that Sparrow remains in hiding since the incident. The ANC had been unable to locate Sparrow earlier this year in March to serve the court documents.

The ANC hopes that the court will constitute her post as an act of hate speech. The party is also demanding Sparrow face financial penalties in the form of paying R200 000 to an organisation involved with promoting equality, tolerance and reconciliation.

Party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the applications against Sparrow were launched because the ANC ‘has a moral and legal duty to demonstrate leadership and responsibility to prevent racial conflict and warfare’.

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