Penny Sparrow is a South African real-estate agent.
Penny Sparrow is a former real-estate agent who was attacked widely on social media after are racist comments about Blacks; calling them monkeys.
Here is what she wrote in her Facebook post:
“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,”
She went on to say:
“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,”.
Shortly after the post had gained some traffic, she deleted her post and apologised, saying she did “not mean it personally”.
Penny Sparrow was eventually convicted in the Scttburgh Magistrate’s Court; after she pleaded guilty of crimen injuria in relation to the racist comments above posted on social media. The case was filled and followed up by the ANC.
Magistrate Vincent Hlatshway gave Sparrow a R5,000 fine or an option of 12 months imprisonment. She was also ordered to make a public apology for her statements over the same platform (Facebook) she used to have aired her view.
After her fine of R150,000 by the Equality Court for her social media statement; Sparrow eventually came out to speak to a Magazine, about how the case has affected her life.
She started off by telling the magazine that she is not a racist, her punishment is too harsh and the repercussion of the whole event has landed heavy on her health.
She said she is disappointed that her daughter’s request for a postponement was dismissed, adding that she was not in KwaZulu-Natal when the matter was heard.
She told the Magazine what she thinks of the ruling in an article in which she again tries to explain why she likened black people to monkeys.
“The white way is to say to our children, ‘you little monkey’. We don’t have hate speech for our children. We love our children. Even my animals, if they’re naughty and pull things out of the dustbin I also say, ‘you naughty little monkeys’.”
Sparrow goes on to say she is “truly sorry” and never meant to insult anyone with her comments.
From what has been gathered, she is now jobless and living with friends. She left her home on the south coast after receiving various death threats.
She finally ended her statement saying:
“I’m very ill with this, it goes right up and they can’t get it right because there’s so much stress because I’ve been accused of something I’m not.”