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DA welcomes Penny Sparrow's resignation

Sparrow was suspended by the DA after she referred to black people as monkeys, in a Facebook post.

Penny Sparrow. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed Penny Sparrow's resignation, saying there's no place for racists in the party.

Sparrow was suspended by the DA after she referred to black people as monkeys, in a Facebook post, causing widespread outrage.

Sparrow tendered her resignation yesterday before a disciplinary process could take place.

DA KwaZulu-Natal leader, Zwakele Mncwango said, "It shows that there's no space for racists in the organisation and we stand for a non-racial society and we believe that we need a rainbow nation. And we also believe in reconciliation and redress."

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

#PENNYSPARROW FACES SEVERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES

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.