#PennySparrow is no longer a DA member

Penny Sparrow resigned from the DA this morning before the disciplinary process could take place.

Penny Sparrow. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed that Penny Sparrow is no longer a member of the party.

She was suspended from DA after she referred to Durban's black beachgoers as 'monkeys' in a Facebook post.

Sparrow has been trending on Twitter and South Africans have reacted with outrage after she posted a comment expressing her disgust at seeing black beachgoers in KwaZulu-Natal.

The DA's KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango said, "I can confirm that Penny is no longer a member of the DA and after serving her suspension last week I can confirm that she resigned this morning."

The party has welcomed the resignation.

A picket is expected to take place outside Sparrow's Kensington home next week.


Sparrow now faces criminal charges and will also have to answer to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Estate Agency Affairs Board.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu instructed the board to initiate a probe.

At the same time, Sparrow's former employer Jawitz Properties will be pursuing legal action.

The SAHRC is also investigating after concerns about racist comments made by Sparrow as well as economist Chris Hart and Justin van Vuuren on social media in recent days, saying further legal steps could be taken against all three.