Cape Town - South Africans are not prepared to tolerate racist attitudes - that's the basic premise on which 2016 has kicked off.
This follows the social media racism frenzy caused by #PennySparrow after she glibly took to social media to spew her distaste with the full beaches, calling the packed crowds of New Year’s Day beachgoers “monkeys”.
READ News24's coverage here - Furore as KZN Estate Agent labels black people as monkeys
But the reality to which Sparrow and those that think like her should wake-up to is that you cannot blame a world-wide problem at this time of year on the colour of somebody's skin - hooliganism, unsavory behaviour or whatever you want to label irresponsible New Year's celebrations is a cause for concern globally - not only in South Africa.
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Here's what some of our readers had to say about the issue...
"It's beyond comprehension that this Sparrow woman posted this racist "monkey" comment on social media. She has caused more damage to nation building than she will ever realize, and now, when it's way too late, she feels remorse for her blatant racism. The damage has been done in abundance. Littering on beaches happens all over the world, and then some. Shame on you Penny Sparrow. You deserve everything coming your way, and you should hang your head in shame." - Philip Theron
If it doesn't belong to you, you don't have to care?
"The attitude of many travellers is that because you're spending your money there, because you don't know anybody there, because they don't know you, and you're going back to your spotless city, home and workplace you don't have to care about the environment or the people... but what are you teaching your children? Selfishness and no respect for themselves, others or the planet and all who walk on it? Wake up and smell the roses while you still can! And stop throwing your stinky rubbish around." - Mrs A M Manuel
Penny Sparrow is not a racist, she is sick
"Where people get drunk there will be unsavoury events irrespective of who they are and where they are. Hence there are law enforcers. Somehow, true to its origins, the festive season seems to provide people with a sense of being loose, even if it is once a year.
With that attitude, as a society, we need to devise responsive strategies:
(a) rapid cleaning mechanism
(b) teaching people about the value of learning not to forget that despite their pre vileness to celebrations and feeling good, they still have to respect others
(c) most importantly, enforce the law. There is nothing "cool" about lawlessness.
Finally I have learnt that racism is a personal weakness that individuals need to acknowledge. Failing which it is detrimental to an individual than the collective. My best summation after reading and listening to radio interview of Penny Sparrow is that we are dealing with a psychologically sick person who does not realise the veracity of ones reckless speak. It is a pity that since she is white, she will be labelled racist by many. She is sick to me." - uMonde Ngonyama
A litter-free future, SA set an example
"So because other countries have litter problems after festivities does it mean that in SA we must follow suit. I THINK NOT!
"Why don't we in SA set an example , surely it is not that difficult to dispose of your litter in the bins provided, and there are bins. We can also take our own black bag or litter bag with us when we party and put litter in these bags if bins are full. Surely it would be pleasant to see a pile of black bags instead of litter strewn all over the place. It would also make the clean up so much faster. If I stick my hand in the fire, are you going to also? Cheers and have a lovely" litter free" future." - Leon Brummer
A legacy of racism and litter
"I really don't care what color the people who destroy our beautiful countries are, be they, young or old rich or poor, to destroy our only source of beauty and life because of lazy selfishness is unacceptable and inexcusable.
The lack of respect for others and their own families, by leaving behind their garbage strewn all over the place, demonstrates arrogance towards their fellow man and the animals on our planet.
What legacy is this for the next generation? Should we all just throw our garbage at the place of consumption?" - Dennis Gammie
And when the penny just does not drop...
"Well done Penny for speaking your mind and saying it like it is. Twenty years plus after liberation and little has changed other than the ANC now plunders our country and labels all who do not agree with joining thousands of black folk jamming the beaches - many of them in panties and jocks, as rascist. Shake off that rock that weighs you down every time you see a white face and realise we are different cultures and wish to live our lives differently.We choose to mix with those with similar views and cultures." - Richard van Schalkwyk.
Grow some sparrow wings and fly away
"What can one say about her disgusting comment. Does she want apartheid's separate swimming areas. Just maybe she should grow some sparrow wings and fly away where there are no dark people. This is the only time lots of people get to spend time together as a family. Not all the people are fortunate as Sparrow and her family. There is no place in the New South Africa for racist people. Sparrow shut your big mouth and get a life." - Sheila MacDougall