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Penny Sparrow's hate speech hearing expected to begin in KZN

The ANC took legal action against her after she compared black people to monkeys on Facebook.

Penny Sparrow. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Estate agent Penny Sparrow's hate speech case is expected to be heard in the Equality Court in Kwa-Zulu Natal today, but it's unclear whether she will show up.

The African National Congress (ANC) took legal action against her after she compared black people to monkeys on her Facebook post earlier this year.

At the time, she was complaining about people who litter on Durban's beaches around New Year's Day.

Sparrow has gone to ground following a barrage of social media backlash.

The ANC's attorney, Peter Williams says her comments were a violation of the Equality Act.

"The normal name of the act is the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000, commonly known as the Equality Act."

He says she must pay for what she said.

"The ANC is seeking compensation in the amount of R200,000 and the ANC is requesting that the court to indicate that the money should to paid to an organisation that works in the field of promoting race relations."

The ANC has also taken legal action against Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Dianne Kohler Barnard and DA councilor Chris Roberts for their alleged racist comments.

Their cases are pending.

Roberts, a councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay was fined R10,000 by his party for calling a colleague in the United Democratic Movement (UDM) a 'bobbejaan'.

He was also demoted as the party's whip in the council.

Kohler Barnard was in hot water for sharing a post on Facebook that called for the return of apartheid-era President PW Botha.

She was expelled from the DA, but the sanction was overturned on appeal.

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