An estate agent Penny Sparrow from Durban has out-turned into a national social media commotion after she took to Facebook on last Saturday and referred to black people as monkeys.
In her post, Penny Sparrow said: “These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Years Eve on to public beaches, towns etc obviously have no education whatsoever and to allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and discomfort to others,” More on post after the cut…
— Terry Pheto (@TerryPheto) January 3, 2016
After the outcried, Penny has since taken down the post and in return offered an apology, the Democratic Alliance has laid criminal charges against Penny Sparrow. DA member Herman Mashaba laid the criminal charges against Sparrow with the SAPS, and a case has been opened. DA spokesman Mabine Seabe said in a statement the party’s KZN branch has also served notice of intention to suspend Sparrow’s membership and has referred her conduct to the Federal Legal Commission for investigation. “Racists are not welcome in the DA, and have no place in our democratic South African society,” the statement read.
Meanwhile South Africans are using the hashtag #PennySparrow to revolt against the racist comment. Read her apology below…
— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) January 4, 2016
Without doubt the apology came a bit late for the commotion she has created, read people’s reaction:
That awkward moment when you want to eat a banana and you look around to see if #PennySparrow is watching… Mara why, Penny, why?😥
— Thabo (@Montshiwa) January 4, 2016
#PennySparrow's apology is not accepted. Her political party, the DA must open case of crimen injuria if they are serious about racism.
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) January 4, 2016
— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) January 4, 2016
So #PennySparrow is not racist because "she helps underprivileged people". The intellectual bankruptcy in that statement is astounding…
— Lerato Tshabalala (@LeratoTJ) January 4, 2016
— Lunga Biyela (@KingBiyela) January 4, 2016
Funny how people make racial comments,then apologize afterwards as if the apology is good enough.I don't accept YOUR apology #PennySparrow
— Moeti Tsiki (@moflavadj) January 4, 2016