#PennySparrow: National outrage as South African woman labels black people ‘monkeys’
South African Twitter is currently on fire following the comment by a KwaZulu-Natal estate agent who referred to New Year’s Day beachgoers as “monkeys”.
Penny Sparrow. (Facebook profile)
Penny Sparrow made the incendiary post on her Facebook page, and it has since caused an outrage, sweeping various social media platforms in a storm.
“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,” she began on her page, “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 concluded.
The post got a few likes and people were able to make a screenshot before she deleted it following backlash from other South Africans on her page. With the massive attention her comment has garnered, Sparrow returned to Facebook to post a watery apology, saying she didn’t mean the racist rant “personally”.
Well, folks aren’t accepting the apology. Many have searched out her address, some posted what’s supposed to be her office in KZN, saying that they are waiting to see her, while others have gone to her home, demanding explanations for her rants.