Penny Sparrow. Picture: ANA-African News Agency
Penny Sparrow. Picture: ANA-African News Agency

Convicted racist Penny Sparrow dies of lung cancer - report

By ZAINUL DAWOOD Time of article published Jul 25, 2019

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Durban - Penny Sparrow, who gained nation-wide notoriety for making a racist rant against black people in a Facebook post, has died from lung cancer on Thursday, the  South Coast Herald Newspaper reported.

The newspaper spoke to her daughter Charmaine Cowie who confirmed her death. 

Sparrow, a former KwaZulu-Natal estate agent, was convicted in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court for crimen injuria in relation to racist comments that she made in 2016 comparing black people at the beach to monkeys.

Magistrate Vincent Hlatshway handed Sparrow a R5 000 fine, or 12 months imprisonment.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said that Sparrow was sentenced to an additional two years, which was wholly suspended for five years, during which time she must not be convicted of crimen injuria.

She was also ordered to make a public apology for her remarks over the social media platform Facebook – the very platform over which she vented her rage against black South Africans, referring to them as “monkeys”, who if allowed loose on the country’s beaches, would cause “huge dirt and troubles and discomfort to others”.

Sparrow was convicted following her own guilty plea.

The charge against Sparrow was brought by DA member and Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba.

In June 2016, Equality Court Magistrate Irfaan Khalil ruled that Sparrow had to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Trust to atone for her posting.

In that case Sparrow was also ordered to pay the legal fees of the ANC, who brought the matter before the Equality Court. 

Sparrow did not appear in court for that case, but has appeared on all occasions in connection with the crimen injuria charge.

Daily News


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