Penny Sparrow vows to be a better citizen

Penny Sparrow earlier this week pleaded guilty to crimen injuria in the Scottsburg Magistrates Court.

Penny Sparrow. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Penny Sparrow has vowed to 'strive' towards being a 'better citizen' during sentencing proceedings in KwaZulu-Natal.

The realtor was charged with crimen injuria for comparing black people on a Durban beach over New Year's to monkeys.

Yesterday, Sparrow pleaded guilty in the Scottsburg Magistrates Court.

She delivered a teary apology in court, saying that she regrets her words and has vowed to work towards making South Africa a better place to live in.

Magistrate Vincent Hlatshwayo ordered the realtor to pay a R5,000 fine or spend 12 months in prison.

He's also handed down a two-year suspended sentence.

The Human Rights Commission's Gail Smith has welcomed the sentence.

"We do hope people take cognisant of this judgement and to recognise to be respectful and mindful of human rights."

Earlier this year, the Equality Court fined Sparrow R150,000 after finding her guilty of hate speech for comparing black people to monkeys.