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Standard Bank to take disciplinary action against Chris Hart

The economist has issued an apology for comments he made on Twitter which were deemed racist.

Standard Bank economist, Chris Hart. Picture: Screengrab.
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JOHANNESBURG – Standard Bank says it will be instituting disciplinary action against economist Chris Hart over comments he made on Twitter.

The bank says it does not endorse Hart’s tweet, which read:

Hart has since issued an apology for the tweet, saying he meant no offence. 

Standard Bank spokesperson Ross Linstrom said, “The comments made by him are factually incorrect and make inappropriate assumptions about South Africa. And accordingly, we’ve initiated the appropriate internal disciplinary procedures to ensure that these type of personal comments are not associated with the Standard Bank group in the future.”

He told Eyewitness News he cannot comment at this stage:

PENNY SPARROW

At the same time, Jawitz Properties says its management team will meet with the firm’s internal regulatory body to discuss exactly what action will be taken against a former employee, who posted racist comments on her Facebook page.
 
Penny Sparrow has been trending on Twitter after referring to black people as monkeys, and expressing how disgusted she was to see them on South Africa’s beaches.

Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.
Angry social media users responded, with some sending direct messages to Sparrow, who has since tried to apologise.

CEO Herschel Jawitz says sparrow left the firm in November but has harmed its reputation by continuing to use its logo.

“We’re investigating what action we can take as a company and in conjunction with the regulatory body, working closely to see what we can do.”

Jawitz says Sparrow’s comments have damaged the company's reputation and she must account for her actions.
 
“We will take whatever action we deem necessary, including criminal, civil or any other action to get it removed and to get her shut down. We view this very seriously, it’s a very serious matter.”

Sparrow has since removed the post from her Facebook page, replacing it with an apology saying she didn’t mean to insult anyone.

The Democratic Alliance also took a stern action by opening criminal case against Sparrow.

Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.

TWITTER RESPONSE TO SPARROW'S POST:

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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