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De Klerk Foundation joins chorus of condemning #PennySparrow

The FW de Klerk Foundation believes Penny Sparrow must make an 'unqualified apology'.

Penny Sparrow. Screengrab.
racism,Penny Sparrow,Chris Hart
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – The FW de Klerk Foundation believes Penny Sparrow must make an 'unqualified apology' for her racist remarks.

Penny Sparrow, who worked for Jawitz Properties and is a member of the Democratic Alliance, posted racist comments on her Facebook page.

In the post she referred to black beachgoers as ‘monkeys’, which sparked national outrage.

Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.

Economist Chris Hart and Justin van Vuuren also came under fire for controversial comments they made in recent days.

Van Vuuren published a similar post, expressing his disgust for black beachgoers, calling them “animals”, the “scum of the nation” and telling them to go back to where they came from.

Hart has also been suspended by Standard Bank after his racist comment on Twitter.
The de Klerk Foundation's Dave Steward said, “We must treat one another with respect and within the framework required by our Constitution, which stresses the human dignity of all people. You can’t go around making statement that impugn human dignity.”

SAHRC URGES PUBLIC TO LAUNCH FORMAL COMPLAINTS ON RACIST POSTS

Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has launched an investigation into racist comments made on social media and is calling for formal complaints.

The commission says it’s deeply concerned by posts by Sparrow, Hart and van Vuuren on social media.

SAHRC spokesperson Dieketseng Diale says it is concerning that comments of this kind still appear 22 years into democracy.

“In the Bill of Rights, the right of human dignity needs to be respected. People need to know that it is a violation to say something like this about another person.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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