Sparrow too ill to appear in court

The court hearing the Penny Sparrow case on 10 June 2016. Photo: eNCA / Thuba vilane

DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal estate agent who caused controversy with a Facebook posting where she likened black people to monkeys earlier this year failed to turn up at an Equality Court hearing in Scottburgh on Friday.

Instead, Penny Sparrow’s daughter Charmaine Cowrie appeared in court.

She told Judge Irfaan Khalil that her mother was not able to come to court.

Cowrie said that her mother did not know what to do and that she was unable to get legal representation.

“No one would represent her,” said Cowrie.

She asked for a postponement because her mother was sick.

“She’s not present. She’s sick at the moment. She’s got diabetes.”

Cowrie said she had come to cour‎t because she had received a call from a police officer telling her that she should attend.

Advocate Denzil Potgieter, who was arguing for the African National Congress, which had lodged the complaint, said that numerous efforts had been made to locate Sparrow.

He argued that the embattled estate agent had made a determined effort to avoid having legal papers served on her.

‎”There is no basis why this matter should be delayed any further,” he said.

The case is continuing.

African News Agency

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