A controversial KwaZulu Natal Estate Agent Penny Sparrow has been fined R150 000 by the Umzinto Equality Court of Scottburgh on Friday for her racist Facebook post.
The fine will be paid to the Olivier and Adelaide Thambo orphanage and it should be paid within 60 days.
During the court appearance, Penny was not present but she was represented by her daughter Charmaine Cowrie.
Her daughter told Magistrate Irfaan Khalil that her mother was not able to come to court because she was sick and she asked the court to postpone the court hearing. But the magistrate disagreed with the statement and proceeded with the case. It is alleged that since she released that Facebook status she has been hiding from angry black people who were sending her threat messages.
My mother is sick with diabetes and won’t make it to the court today. The whole racist issue has caused a lot of stress on her”, said Charmaine.
Penny Sparrow caused controversy with a Facebook posting where she likened black beach goers to monkeys.
In her 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,” she continued.
“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,” Sparrow added.