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ANC welcomes court’s ruling in Penny Sparrow case

Sparrow compared black people to “monkeys” in a Facebook post earlier this year.

Penny Sparrow. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the Equality Court's ruling in the Penny Sparrow hate speech case, ordering her to pay R150,000 to an NGO.

The political party took legal action against Sparrow after she compared black people to "monkeys" in a Facebook post earlier this year.

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

The Equality Court in KwaZulu-Natal handed down judgment in the matter yesterday.

The ANC's lawyer Peter Williams said, "The court found the words she uttered constitute hate speech. Our client is pleased with the outcome as this is the way we wanted the case to go."

Sparrow had later apologised for her words.

The ANC says racists need to make reparations in order to be part of building society.

Meanwhile, Capetonian Mathew Theunissen has agreed to do community service to show his remorse for his racist rant on Facebook earlier this year.

This is part of a settlement agreement facilitated by the Human rights Commission this week after a hate speech complaint was laid against him.

The ANC's Khusela Sangoni says these reparations will send a strong message to other racists.

"We believe that in whatever way there might be reparations whether it may be in a form of paying a fine or doing community service. We are sending a strong message that they need to be part of building the society and doing that requires they act in a manner that is free from discrimination, that truly seeks to advance social cohesion and building a non-racial South Africa."

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