Penny Sparrow makes court appearance on charges of crimen injuria

The Equality Court found Sparrow guilty of hate speech in a case brought against her by the ANC.

Penny Sparrow. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Former KwaZulu-Natal real estate agent Penny Sparrow has appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates Court on a charge of crimen injuria.

It comes after the Equality Court found her guilty of hate speech in a case brought against her by the African National Congress (ANC).

She was fined R150,000 last month for referring to black people as "monkeys" in a message she shared on social media.

The Equality Court had also referred the matter to the National Prosecuting Authority to pursue a criminal case.

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The ANC's attorney, Peter Williams says the criminal matter was heard today. He says the party is monitoring the case.

"Penny Sparrow was requested to appear in a Scottburgh court today and she actually did appear in person. She was not asked to plead and the case was postponed until 15 August."

Sparrow was ordered to pay the fine to the Adelaide and Oliver Tambo Foundation as punishment for her racist comments.