Furore after KZN estate agent labels black people as 'monkeys'

Durban - A social media storm is brewing after a KwaZulu-Natal south coast estate agent called New Year’s Day beachgoers “monkeys”.

Penny Sparrow had made the inflammatory post on Facebook, which prompted a mass reaction on social networking sites.

In her post she wrote: “These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Year’s eve and New Year’s day on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever so to allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and troubles and discomfort to others.

“I’m sorry to say that I was amongst the revellers and all I saw were black on black skins what a shame. I do know some wonderful and thoughtful black people. This lot of monkeys just don’t want to even try. But think they can voice opinions and get their way of dear,” she continued.

“From now on I shall address the blacks of South Africa as monkeys as I see the cute little wild monkeys do the same, pick and drop litter,” Sparrow added.

The estate agent later deleted her post and apologised, saying she did “not mean it personally”.

Attempts to contact Sparrow were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.

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