#PennySparrowMustFall: Estate agent feels Twitter wrath after racist post

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Penny Sparrow's Facebook post. Photo: Twitter / Penny Sparrow

• Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional information. 

 

JOHANNESBURG - A social media storm has erupted over two separate racist Facebook posts.

Penny Sparrow and Justin Van Vuuren separately insulted black people who were on the Durban beaches over the Christmas period.

Van Vuuren called them animals who must go back to where they came from.

Sparrow says she will now call black people monkeys.

In the post, Sparrow says “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.”

Sparrow eventually released an apology for her post, stating that the post was directed at the littered state of the beaches and not to personally insult anyone.

Her former employer Jawitz has released a statement distancing itself from Sparrow and her views.

"Comments made by a an ex-employee is threatening a company that is built on integrity, morals and values. We are consulting an attorney to deal with this matter and the damage this woman has done to our company," the statement read.

"Penny Sparrow's comments are appalling and degrading and this is not someone we align ourselves with."

 

Comments made by a an ex-employee is threatening a company that is built on integrity, morals and values. We are...

Posted by Jawitz Scottburgh on Sunday, January 3, 2016

Political parties and activists have named and shamed both individuals on Twitter.

Both parties have since apologised but the Twitterati are still fuming, saying it’s not enough.

* eNCA reporter Yusuf Omar filed this video of beachgoers in Durban.

 
New Year's Day in Durban

It felt like everyone in South Africa was on the beaches of Durban for New Year's Day. FOMO? WATCH this!

Posted by Yusuf Omar on Friday, January 1, 2016
 

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