DURBAN – The African National Congress’s youth league (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday accused the Democratic Alliance of being behind a plan to raise funds to help former estate agent Penny Sparrow pay a R150,000 fine for her racist rant earlier this year that likened black people to monkeys.
ANCYL’s KwaZulu-Natal secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said in a statement released on Tuesday that ANCYL was concerned that a recent attempt to raise funds on the crowd funding website www.youcaring.com had been “led by certain white non-governmental organisations”.
“The ANC Youth League has been alerted that such a campaign is masterminded by the Democratic Alliance behind the scenes, a party founded on the ideals of the protection of white privilege and racism.”
He urged voters to punish the DA at the upcoming local government elections.
“This act [of raising funds for Penny Sparrow] has verified the accusation that the DA is controlled by Madam Zille and a group of white males from the Western Cape also known as the Stellenbosch Mafia, which (sic) its Agenda is nothing but to Protect White Privilege and ensure poverty for the majority of our people.”
Responding to a query on the social media platform Twitter, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille replied: “Another total fabrication. As usual.”
The DA’s interim youth leader Yusuf Cassim rejected allegations that the party was behind the fundraising attempt.
“The DA condemns with the contempt it deserves the blatant and baseless lies which the ANCYL in KZN are attempting to spread about the DA.”
He said that the DA was a party that was for all races and made up of members from all race groups. He said that the DA condemned all forms of prejudice.
On Friday, Sparrow was found guilty of hate speech in a sitting of the Equality Court in Scottburgh. Judge Irfaan Khalil fined her R150,000, which has to be paid to the Adelaide and Oliver Tambo Foundation within the next 60 days.
He also ordered her to pay the costs of the African National Congress’s legal team that had brought the complaint against her for her January 3 rant on the social media platform Facebook.
Sabelo urged the government to pass laws that would result in a minimum 15-year prison sentence for acts of racism.
Comment from Youcaring.com could not immediately be obtained.
African News Agency