Former estate agent Penny Sparrow’s crimen injuria case for labelling black people ”monkeys” in a rant about beach litter will continue in the Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on Monday. ”Crimen injuria” is a crime under South African common law, defined to be the act of “unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another”.
The criminal case comes after she was found guilty of hate speech in the Equality Court and ordered to pay R150 000 to the Adelaide and Oliver Tambo Foundation.
In Sparrow’s last appearance on August 15, the court heard that the case would be postponed so that her new attorney, from Legal Aid, could consult with her, and that the State could give the defense the contents of its docket against Sparrow.
“I’m sorry to say that I was amongst the revelers and all I saw were black on black skins what a shame. I do know some wonderful and thoughtful black people. This lot of monkeys just don’t want to even try. But think they can voice opinions about statute and get their way oh dear.
“From now I shall address the blacks of South Africa as monkeys as I see the cute little wild monkeys do the same, pick drop and litter.”
She said she meant no malice, but understood why people were upset about the post.
The Sparrow case was the first of a year of outbursts which have landed several people in hot water.