Penny Spar­row trial post­poned

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UMZ­INTO — Penny Spar­row made a brief ap­pear­ance in the Umz­into Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Spar­row, who made dis­parag­ing com­ments about black beach­go­ers after a New Year’s Eve party on Facebook, has been charged with cri­men in­juria.

Spar­row was silent as she shuf­fled into the dock, and clutched her hands to her mouth while she was ad­dressed by Mag­is­trate Vin­cent Hlatshwayo.

The mat­ter was post­poned to al­low her new at­tor­ney of record to con­sult with her, and to al­low the State an op­por­tu­nity to fur­nish the de­fence with the con­tents of the docket.

She will now be rep­re­sented by Le­gal Aid at­tor­ney Elaine Mac­Don­ald.

In her orig­i­nal Facebook 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 about statute and get their way oh dear,” she con­tin­ued.

“From now I shall ad­dress the blacks of South Africa as mon­keys as I see the cute lit­tle wild mon­keys do the same, pick drop and lit­ter,” Spar­row added.

In June, the Umz­into Equal­ity Court or­dered Spar­row to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Ade­laide Tambo Foun­da­tion for her racist Facebook rant.

In an in­ter­view with News24, Spar­row claimed that “mon­key” was used as a term of en­dear­ment by white peo­ple.

Spar­row, who had been in hid­ing at the time, broke down as she re­vealed that she had re­ceived threats after her com­ments.

“The threats were ter­ri­ble . . . my phone was so busy that I couldn’t dial out. There were ter­ri­ble death threats. Peo­ple said they were go­ing to bomb my house and peo­ple sent pic­tures of naked women and say­ing I was go­ing to be raped . . . it was shock­ing,” she said.

Sev­eral South Africans have landed them­selves in hot wa­ter for racist com­ments they made on so­cial net­works. They in­clude Vicki Momberg, Capeto­nian Matthew The­unis­sen, Stan­dard Bank’s Chris Hart, and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial Ve­laphi Khumalo. — News24

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