Penny Sparrow suffers another setback in court

Cape Town – Real estate agent Penny Sparrow unsuccessfully attempted to apply for leave to appeal an Equality Court judgment on her racist Facebook rant.

The Scottburgh Equality Court on Thursday set aside her application, which it deemed irregular in terms of the court's rules, and ordered her to pay the ANC’s legal costs.

Accompanied by her daughter Charmaine Cowie, Sparrow heard there were a number of deficiencies in her application which she filed in July.

The argument was that she had not stipulated an address for documents to be served and lodged her application in the magistrate’s court, not high court, said ANC lawyer Peter Williams.

He added that the notice of appeal was also delivered outside of the stipulated time period and failed to set out the relevant order and grounds.

In a Facebook post in January, Sparrow compared black beachgoers celebrating New Year’s Day in Durban to monkeys.

The ANC took her to court.

In June, the Umzinto Equality Court ordered Sparrow to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation for her post.

Once the Equality Court matter was finalised, Sparrow faced the criminal charge of crimen injuria.

The Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court fined her R5 000 in September after she pleaded guilty to it. 

The fine was the result of a plea bargain agreement.

Sparrow was sentenced to a further two years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years.

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