Real estate agent, Penny Sparrow stood in the dock today at the Scottburgh Magistrates Court in Umzinto on charges of crimen injuria.
Throughout the duration of Sparrow’s previous trials, she did not show up in court due to ill-health and lack of legal representation.
The KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Natasha Kara, however confirmed that Sparrow was present in court but that the matter was postponed to August 18.
Kara said the controversial KwaZulu-Natal realtor was not asked to plead.
Lawyer Peter Williams who stood in for the ANC in its Equality Court case against Sparrow also confirmed Sparrow’s court appearance.
He said via text message: “Ms Penny Sparrow appeared in the Scottburgh magistrates court earlier on a charge of crimen injuria‚ stemming from her Facebook post. Ms Sparrow appeared in person.”
Sparrow caused a racial storm earlier this year when she compared black beach goers to monkeys in a Facebook post.
Last month, the Umzinto Equality Court ordered Sparrow to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation for her racist rant on social media.
An earlier report disclosed that the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation promised engaging in a long and careful consideration on whether it will accept or reject Penny Sparrow’s R150 000.
The foundation’s chief executive, Mavuso Msimang, said the organization took the decision because Sparrow showed the world that she is an ‘unrepentant racist’.
Following the court order, an online crowdfunding organization launched two pages to help foot Sparrow’s bill.
Two pages were opened on YouCaring, a “compassionate crowd-funding” website by two South Africans.
One of the pages, the “Help Penny Sparrow” page is being spearheaded by a Helgard Muller while the other, the “Lets HELP Penny Sparrow pay her fine!” page is spearheaded by a Nathalie Moolman.
However, a social justice campaign website – AmandlaAwethu.mobi moved to block the pages canvassing for funds for Sparrows; describing her punishment as a slap on the wrist.
Many social media users also branded the fundraising initiative as disgusting, despicable and racist.