Even Malema got postponements - Sparrow on 'unfair' Equality Court

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Johannesburg – Realtor Penny Sparrow said that the Equality Court proceedings against her had been unfair, and that even the EFF's Julius Malema "had been allowed postponements".

Sparrow was speaking to News24 in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

Last week Sparrow was ordered in the Umzinto Equality Court by Magistrate Irfaan Khalilto pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation for her racist comments.

He interdicted her from any further hate speech. 

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

"I found the case very unfair because I didn't know it was happening. There have been a lot of things said about me on the radio and I am sick to death of hearing it. I have been punished so much already so I don't like to listen to any of that," she said.

She said she knew summonses had been delivered for her, but did not understand that gravity of the matter.

Scared for her life

"I am not ducking and diving from the law. She [The Sheriff of the court] told me that I didn't have to sign for any of these documents. I had never even heard of the Equality [Court] but she said it should be ok because I mentioned that the monkeys were cute," she said. 

"I haven't been able to go to the police stations and make affidavits because I am truly scared for my life.

"There were about 15 [summonses] from the ANC which were posted on the gate where I lived and my daughter said half had been blown away. I wasn't there and I had gone. She said that a police officer had told her that everything was fine and that the case was almost closed. She said she expected the police officer to notify her that [I] needed to appear in court," Sparrow said.

She said that the officer, who she identified only as "Govender", had not gotten in touch with her.

"I never heard from him. When I did he [the detective] told me that it was just propaganda…he said it was just newspapers trying to use my name for mileage."

"My daughter tried to get them [the court] to postpone it but they wouldn't. Even Julius Malema had hate speech charges against him but he is allowed to have his cases postponed," she said.  

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