DA confirms it aims to suspend #PennySparrow
In a Facebook post she referred to black beachgoers as ‘monkeys’.
CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed it intends suspending Penny Sparrow from the party after she recently posted racist comments on her Facebook page.
The party has also laid criminal charged against Sparrow.
In a Facebook post she referred to black beachgoers as 'monkeys', which has sparked national outrage.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said, "The critical issue for the DA is the fact that we take action. We are at the forefront of taking action against any forms of racism, we follow our institutions and we institute processes against anybody that we deem make racist statements that affect South Africans."
Meanwhile, Jawitz Properties says it's taking serious action against its former employee for the post.
The estate agency says Sparrow has not been with the company since November, but has been using the firm's logo on social media.
LISTEN: Jawitz to pursue legal action against Sparrow's racist comments.
CEO Herschel Jawitz said Sparrow's comments have damaged the company's reputation and she must account for her actions.
Sparrow has since removed the post from her Facebook page, replacing it with an apology saying she didn't mean to insult anyone.
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Maimane says he believes the racism row involving a member won't tarnish the party's reputation.
Senior MP Dianne Kohler Barnard was dismissed after she shared a Facebook post that said public services were better under apartheid.
She was later reinstated.
The DA leader says the party has officially laid criminal charges against Sparrow and has also served a notice of intention to suspend her membership.
"We can't sit and tolerate such statements from anybody and therefore we have gone out of our way and are laying criminal charges against her."
As South Africans prepare to vote in the local government elections this year, questions have been asked about how the party is being perceived due to these posts.
But Maimane says these events actually show South Africans that the DA is a party that doesn't condone racism.
"We've taken actions all across and we're the only party that uniquely does that."
At the same time, the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal has approached police and the South African Human Rights Commission to also open a case against Sparrow.