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Political parties react to racist social media posts

While economist Chris Hart has been suspended, the DA is to suspend Penny Sparrow's membership.

Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane at Eskom briefing. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
Penny Sparrow
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – Some political parties have slammed a KwaZulu-Natal woman for racist comments she made on Facebook.

Penny Sparrow, who’s also a Democratic Alliance (DA) member, raised the ire of many after she called black people monkeys.

Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.

The DA is to suspend her membership and has also laid a criminal charge against her.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the party’s taken appropriate action.

“Ultimately, we cannot sit and tolerate this kind of behaviour from anybody. Whether they are a member of any party or not, therefore we have gone out of our way to lay criminal charges against her.”

Meanwhile, the African National Congress Youth League’s (ANCYL) Mkhuseli Sondzaba says they have also approached the Human Rights Commission.

“The youth league in KwaZulu-Natal is approaching the South African Police Service in order to lodge a complaint, or a case to be investigated, of racism against Penny Sparrow.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters has also weighed in on the saga, condemning both Sparrow and Chris Hart.

The party’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, “It signifies that anti-black [or] white racism has become normalised in South Africa, because in South Africa you can be a racist and after expressing your racism there is no consequence to your actions.”

Hart, a well-known economist, has been suspended by Standard Bank, pending an inquiry into his racist Twitter comments.

LISTEN: Social Media Specialist Emma Sadleir talks social media and your job.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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