Sparrow fine: where’s the money going?

Controversial estate agent Penny Sparrow. Picture: Gallo Images

Controversial estate agent Penny Sparrow. Picture: Gallo Images

The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation says its board hasn’t yet decided whether to accept the R150 000 or not.

The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation has declined to say whether or not it would be accepting the R150 000 fine disgraced racist Penny Sparrow has to dish out.

The Equality Court, which earlier in June found Sparrow guilty of hate speech and fined her, directed that the money be paid to the foundation.

However, the foundation’s Nolwazi Kunene would not be drawn to comment on the matter.

“The foundation is not commenting on the Sparrow issue now, unfortunately. The board will meet and deliberate on the matter soon,” said Kunene.

She would not say when the meeting would take place.

KwaZulu-Natal estate agent Sparrow was found guilty of hate speech in a sitting of the Equality Court in Scottburgh on June 10.

Judge Irfaan Khalil fined her R150 000, to be paid to the Adelaide and Oliver Tambo Foundation within 60 days.

He also ordered her to pay the costs of the African National Congress (ANC) legal team that brought the complaint against her for her racist rant on Facebook in January.

Sparrow was not in court last week, but her daughter Charmaine Cowrie appeared instead and told Khalil that her mother did not know what do about the matter. Cowrie told the court her mother did not have a lawyer as no one wanted to represent her.

Sparrow’s social media posts, in which she referred to black people as “monkeys” that litter the beach, prompted the ANC to lay a charge of hate speech against her.

An online fund-raising initiative established to help Sparrow raise the money to pay her fine also drew criticism, especially on social media.

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