South Africa: South Africa rocked by major race row

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Durban estate agent has sparked a major race row after referring to black South Africans as “monkeys” in a Facebook message.

Penny Sparrow who was complaining about the litter on Durban’s beaches, wrote: "These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Year’s eve and New Year’s day on public beaches obviously have no education." Within hours, her message had sparked a major outcry and she received death threats.

Shortly afterwards, respected economist Chris Hart fuelled the flames when he rushed to Sparrow’s defence and tweeted: "More than 25 years after Apartheid ended, the victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities…"

The ruling African National Congress said the comments were reminiscent of the apartheid attitude towards the indigenous people of the country. “They also degrade black people as people not deserving of using the beaches in their country of birth. They further accuse the majority of our country, who are mostly black, as having a sense of entitlement and hatred towards the minority,” the party said in a statement received by PANA.

Pan African Congress of Azania spokesperson Kenneth Mokgatlhe said racism was fuelled by inequalities in South African society.

The official opposition Democratic Alliance confirmed that Sparrow is a member of the party and it has served notice of its intention to suspend her. Hart, who works for Standard Bank, has been suspended pending an investigation. The South African Human Rights Commission is also investigating the matter.
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05 january 2016 06:34:16




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