KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL says opposition party DA is behind the Penny Sparrow fund-raising campaign designed to help Sparrow pay her R150,000 fine for her racist remarks.
In a statement, KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo related that the Youth League was informed that the DA is behind the attempt to raise funds for Sparrow on the crowd funding website – www.youcaring.com.
“The ANC Youth League has been alerted that such a campaign is masterminded by the Democratic Alliance behind the scenes,” Sabelo stated.
He said DA is a party founded on the ideals of the protection of white privilege and racism, as he urged South Africans to punish the opposition party during the upcoming local government elections.
“This act (raising funds for Penny Sparrow) has verified the accusation that the DA is controlled by Madam Zille and a group of white males from the Western Cape also known as the Stellenbosch Mafia.”
Their agenda “is nothing but to Protect White Privilege and ensure poverty for the majority of our people,” added Sabelo.
Reacting to this, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille tweeted that the allegation is “another total fabrication”.
Also, DA’s interim youth leader Yusuf Cassim denied that the party is behind the Penny Sparrow fund-raising campaign.
Cassim said; “the DA condemns with the contempt it deserves the blatant and baseless lies which the ANCYL in KZN are attempting to spread about the DA.”
To Cassim, DA as a party, belongs to all race, and will never support racism of any manner.
Meanwhile, Sparrow told News24 that the things she said were read wrong.
“I know I mentioned monkeys…but… I didn’t mean to insult anyone and it was just an expression I used.
It is a white thing. White people use monkey as a term of endearment when they are naughty or impish.
I am not a nasty person and I never meant to insult anyone. I was brought up with black people and I think they are wonderful.
We are all people on this earth…I admit that it was a terrible thing I wrote,” Sparrow pleaded.