Sparrow - 5 marriages and a serial job hopper!

By Drum Digital
07 January 2016

Notorious racist remarked Penny Sparrow’s latest escapade is actually not the first.

By Zama Chutshela

Racist remarks made by now-notorious estate agent Penny Sparrow are not her first, it turns out.

DRUM has reliably learnt that the estate agent is a serial racist commentator with an appetite for racially abusive remarks.

We have also gathered that her racial intolerance could be prompted by the fact that she was not born in this country but in the territory of Tanganyika and only moved to South Africa in the 1980s.Tanganyika was a territory administered by the United Kingdom from 1916 to 1961, when it gained its independence. A year later it became a republic, and merged with Zanzibar in 1964 to become the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. It was later renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.

Sparrow’s racial insensitivity could be attributed to her  lack of understanding about South Africa’s battle with racial divide.

DRUM has discovered that Sparrow’s current marriage is her fifth and she has four divorces under her belt. She has, for years, been hopping from job to job and has worked for various real estate agencies. In fact, a former manager has told DRUM that she spent “more time off sick than in the office”.

The former boss was one of many people DRUM spoke to establish her history.

One source, a very close friend, said: “She has several ex-husbands and this is the fifth marriage. She has two sons and one daughter but she currently stays with her daughter. One of her sons lives in Cape Town. She stays with her husband, her daughter and her son in-law.

The source added thatSparrow left Jawitz Properties to work for her daughter who owns South Coast Landscape, and her departure allegedly carries a racial motivation behind it.

“She was hardly at work and she was always moaning about working for an Indian lady. Now she’s nowhere to be found and  no one knows where she is,” said the source.

Herschel Jawitz, CEO of Jawitz Properties, confirmed her work history. “She used to work for Remax, as well as Maxprop. She also worked for a retail company in Johannesburg before moving down to Durban. She didn’t sell a single property during those six months [at Jawitz Properies], and subsequently resigned in November citing personal reasons. What makes the whole thing strange is that her immediate manager was a woman of colour, an Indian lady,” he said.

Jawitz also told DRUM that Sparrowwas no stranger to racial outbursts and had been dishing them out at least since 2012. “I have checked her Facebook account and realised that she has been sending out racist comments since 2012.           “Unfortunately when she joined us in May 2015 we never checked her Facebook account because it was not our standard procedure. We only checked her criminal record and found nothing. Had we checked her Facebook comments we would not have employed her because (racism) is not aligned with our values,” explained Jawitz, adding that Sparrow had been in the property business for more than 20 years.

Published with corrections.

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