People threatened me with rape, says Penny Sparrow

2016-06-15 08:33
Penny Sparrow speaks to News24. (Felix Dlangamandla)

Penny Sparrow speaks to News24. (Felix Dlangamandla)

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Johannesburg - Controversial KwaZulu-Natal realtor Penny Sparrow has claimed that anonymous tormentors threatened her with rape in the social media tumult after her inflammatory Facebook post in January.

News24 tracked down Sparrow, who has been in hiding since January, to her safe-house in Johannesburg.

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"The threats were terrible… my phone was so busy that I couldn't dial out. There were terrible death threats. People said they were going to bomb my house and people sent pictures of naked women and saying I was going to be raped… it was shocking."

She said her daughter had received similar telephonic threats and that the police had done nothing about it.

"My daughter took her phone to the police [to show them the threats] and to this day nothing has been done about it," she said.

Sparrow said she had been exiled to Johannesburg and was unable to see her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

"I moved because of the threats, my whole family is in Scottburgh and I am a great grandmother. I had to leave to pull the threat away from my family and it has been very upsetting. I can't go back and I have been pulled away from my family and now I can't see them because of something I didn't mean," she said.

"I lost my job and I can't work anywhere… people are too scared to be involved with me. I stayed in PMB for a while and then I have spent a week here and there in Johannesburg with friends… I have paid such a heavy cost for this."

She was ordered to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation for her racist comments by the court, which described her post as "reprehensible". 

Magistrate Irfaan Khalil said the amount had to be payable within 60 days and he interdicted Sparrow from further hate speech. 

Sparrow raised ire with a controversial Facebook post in which she likened black beach-goers to monkeys earlier this year. 

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