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15 Dec 2016
4:12 pm

Penny Sparrow yet to pay R155k in fines

Citizen reporter

According to the justice department she has asked for leave to appeal.

Controversial estate agent Penny Sparrow. Picture: Gallo Images

Penny Sparrow, who made headlines at the start of this year for comparing black people to monkeys, is yet to pay the fines she was ordered by the courts to pay as punishment.

The foundation‚ however‚ told TimesLive on Thursday that it had not received payment from Sparrow.

She also pleaded guilty to a charge of crimen injuria in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court in September and was fined R5 000 or 12 months’ imprisonment‚ in addition to two years’ imprisonment suspended for five years.

She also had to apologise publicly and on Facebook.

Department of justice and correctional services spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told TimesLive she was yet to pay any fines. She has reportedly applied for condonation and leave to appeal.

She has previously said that she doesn’t have enough money to afford the fines. It appears that a widely reported-on campaign to raise money for her did not achieve that objective.

An emotional Sparrow, who is 68 years old, read out her letter of apology in court. She said: “I wish to make a public apology for my thoughtless behaviour. I have hurt the feelings of my fellow South Africans. I realise that what I have done is wrong. I am very sorry.”