Estate agent’s racist Facebook post trends on Twitter

04 January 2016 - 12:07 By TMG Digital


A racist Facebook post comparing black people to “monkeys” trended on Twitter on Monday. Penny Sparrow‚ an estate agent‚ angered many on social media when her utterance was widely circulated.Sparrow said of holiday crowds at the coast: “These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Years Eve and New Years day on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever and to allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and discomfort to others”.She added: “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 was connected by many to Jawitz Properties‚ where she worked previously. The company has distanced itself from Sparrow and said it is seeking legal opinion on the matter.Sparrow later apologised for the post.But NSKAY ‏@ItIsShe_Nkuli was having none of it:#PennySparrow We're intelligent humans & insulting us just infuriates us. Fck your apology. You said it, you meant it #RacismMustFall— NSKAY (@ItIsShe_Nkuli) January 4, 2016async Neither was Kirsten Whitfield @KirstenWhiff‚ who tweeted:@JawitzProp#PennySparrow is not sorry, she was on the radio this morning defending her views and saying her boss's anger is only public— Kirsten Whitfield (@KirstenWhiff) January 4, 2016asyncGugulethu Kunene ‏@GugulethuKunen2 suggested Sparrow should emigrate: “#JustineVanVuuren #PennySparrow You are too comfortable‚ calling us all names‚ take the next flight to wherever you won't live with animals”‚ as did It's ZÄR @DeeJayMphoZAR: “Can #PennySparrow leave our country ASAP before we lose our Monkey Cools”.The Democratic Alliance’s leader was one of the first politicians to weigh in on the issue.Mmusi Maimane ‏@MmusiMaimane tweeted:#PennySparrow comments are racist. They are an insult to me and to our party. We have too many of these in SA & we must criminalize these.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) January 4, 2016async Dear #PennySparrow If you can't stand "monkeys" then Africa is a wrong continent for you. #RacistsMustFallpic.twitter.com/2bPWwW8OKj— Terry Pheto (@TerryPheto) January 3, 2016async [Now] Jawitz Properties CEO, Hershel Jawitz says they are exploring all their legal options regarding #PennySparrow & her comments— 702 (@Radio702) January 4, 2016async Dear #PennySparrow. I am "fearfully & wonderfully made in the image of God". I still like Bananas though. pic.twitter.com/NCUyYtBKhk— Clayson Monyela (@ClaysonMonyela) January 4, 2016async #PennySparrow awful gut churning stuff. People who think like this are destroying our country's future. https://t.co/yl01tthfzj— Helen Zille (@helenzille) January 4, 2016async maybe #PennySparrow should move to Brighton pic.twitter.com/2Mv2XXzY9w— Diana Moss (@miss_moss) January 4, 2016async (NOTE: All social media quotes appear unedited.)

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