Tambo Foundation mum on Sparrow fine

File: The Equality Court in June found Penny Sparrow guilty of hate speech and fined her. Photo: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation on Wednesday declined to say if it would accept proceeds of the R150,000 fine meted out to disgraced estate agent Penny Sparrow.

The Equality Court, which earlier in June found Sparrow guilty of hate speech and fined her, directed that the money be paid to the foundation.

However, the foundation’s Nolwazi Kunene would not be drawn to comment on the matter.

"The foundation is not commenting on the Sparrow issue now unfortunately. The board will meet and deliberate on the matter soon," said Kunene.

She would not say when the meeting would take place.

The KwaZulu-Natal estate agent was found guilty of hate speech in a sitting of the Equality Court in Scottburgh on 10 June 2016.

Judge Irfaan Khalil fined her R150,000, to be paid to the Adelaide and Oliver Tambo Foundation within 60 days.

He also ordered her to pay the costs of the African National Congress (ANC) legal team that brought the complaint against her for her racism rant on Facebook in January.

Sparrow was not in court last week, her daughter Charmaine Cowrie appeared instead and told Khalil that her mother did not know what do about the matter.

Cowrie told the court her mother did not not have a lawyer as no one wanted to represent her.

Sparrow’s social media posts, in which she referred to black people as "monkeys" that litter the beach, prompted the ANC to lay a charge of hate speech against her.

An online fund raising initiative established to help Sparrow raise money to pay her fine also drew criticism, especially on social media.

African News Agency

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