Convicted racist Penny Sparrow dies of lung cancer

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Penny Sparrow, who gained nation-wide notoriety for making a racist rant against black people in a Facebook post, has died from lung cancer on Thursday, the South Coast Herald Newspaper reported.

The newspaper spoke to her daughter Charmaine Cowie who confirmed her death.

Sparrow, a former KwaZulu-Natal estate agent, was convicted in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court for crimen injuria in relation to racist comments that she made in 2016 comparing black people at the beach to monkeys.

Magistrate Vincent Hlatshway handed Sparrow a R5 000 fine, or 12 months imprisonment.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said that Sparrow was sentenced to an additional two years, which was wholly suspended for five years, during which time she must not be convicted of crimen injuria.

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