In search of Penny’s peo­ple

It wasn’t only Penny Spar­row who felt it nec­es­sary to take to so­cial me­dia to re­veal her thoughts on black peo­ple this week. and find oth­ers and ask

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Jea­nine Fer­reira (40) Jo­han­nes­burg Beau­ti­cian

“Good luck to you if you think you can march in here and take what is not yours” was what Fer­reira wrote a few hours af­ter Penny Spar­row’s racist Face­book post.

She states that for years the whites have paid for “your ed­u­ca­tion, your food on your ta­ble when you grew up … gave jobs to your fore­far­thers [sic] and fore­moth­ers to feed that ugly face of yours…”

But Fer­reira, whose CV was posted on Twit­ter, told City Press she was not speak­ing about all black South Africans.

“This post was in re­sponse to a black per­son who was be­ing racist to­wards me. It wasn’t meant for ev­ery­one,” she said on Thurs­day.

She de­nied be­ing racist even though her post states that if South African land re­ally be­longs to black peo­ple, “how come you don’t have pa­pers to proove it [sic] ... You have a job be­cause some white guy de­cided to keep your lazy ass there. So rather be thank­ful for what you have!”

She said she apol­o­gised on an­other web­site, but only af­ter a pub­lic out­cry. How­ever, she re­mains adamant that white peo­ple are get­ting a raw deal and it isn’t only black peo­ple who have a past.

“When a black per­son makes a racist com­ment, that must ex­pect a racist re­ac­tion,” she said.

– Athandiwe Saba

An­thon von Lisen­borg (73) New­cas­tle Re­tired Von Lisen­borg has a his­tory of post­ing defam­a­tory, racist posts on Face­book and Twit­ter.

City Press con­tacted him about var­i­ous posts on his ac­counts con­tain­ing the K-word and oth­ers in which he called for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela a “ter­ror­ist”.

He was un­apolo­getic, say­ing he uses the K-word to de­scribe un­be­liev­ers (from Ara­bic) who kill white peo­ple. “I re­spect black peo­ple a lot. I have many black friends, who I have saved. I re­gard black peo­ple as peo­ple of God. But I re­gard black peo­ple who kill white peo­ple as well as the pres­i­dent who tells the black peo­ple to kill whites with his Umshini Wami song as k****rs.”

He also in­sisted the word ‘um­lungu’ meant “dirt from the sea” and asked how it was okay for blacks to call whites that while the K-word was frowned upon.

After a tirade that went on for more than a minute, he abruptly ended the call and couldn’t be con­tacted again.

After the phone call, Von Lisen­borg turned to Face­book to ask why City Press was not con­cerned with other peo­ple who had also said ques­tion­able things. He fur­ther ex­plained his use of the K-word, say­ing that, by def­i­ni­tion, he as a Chris­tian could also be con­sid­ered a k***ir as a non-Mus­lim.

– Ge­orge von Berg

Justin van Vu­uren (28) Dur­ban Fit­ness in­struc­tor

Van Vu­uren prob­a­bly had no idea that his racist Face­book post would leave him with no spon­sors for his mo­bile gym, FatTruckSA. He learnt this the hard way when Fu­tureLife, his main spon­sor, with­drew its spon­sor­ship on Tues­day af­ter enor­mous pub­lic pres­sure for it to do so on Twit­ter.

Van Vu­uren posted that he didn’t care what peo­ple said, but he was “dis­gusted by the state of the Dur­ban beach­front” and that “these peo­ple come from their homes ... to throw s**t all over the floor”. He added that “these peo­ple” were an­i­mals and the prom­e­nade smelt like piss and s**t.

He later apol­o­gised, say­ing he had no in­ten­tion to hurt any­one, “so please ac­cept my apol­ogy from the bot­tom of my heart”.

On the FatTruckSA web­site, Van Vu­uren lists sev­eral spon­sors and part­ners. But when these part­ners, in­clud­ing Chill Bev­er­ages, which man­u­fac­tures Score En­ergy Drink, were con­tacted by City Press this week, all dis­tanced them­selves from him.

“We con­demn and dis­so­ci­ate our­selves from Mr Van Vu­uren and his opin­ions in the strong­est terms pos­si­ble. We do not con­done his be­hav­iour and most def­i­nitely do not share his sen­ti­ments about black peo­ple,” said Chill Bev­er­ages di­rec­tor Ross Hobbs, who said the com­pany nei­ther spon­sored nor part­nered with him.

“We did pro­vide Mr Van Vu­uren with three cases of pro­mo­tional prod­uct for the launch of his busi­ness a few months ago. I’m led to be­lieve he of­fered to place the logo of one of our brands on his web­site,” he said.

– Zinhle Ma­pumulo




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