At least two people think convicted racist Penny Sparrow deserves a second chance and have set up crowdfunding campaigns to help raise money to pay her stiff fine.
Last week the Umzinto Equality Court ruled against Sparrow, who called black people “monkeys” in a Facebook rant on New Year’s Day because of littering on Scottburgh beach.
She was ordered to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, but the foundation has rejected the money.
But Natalie Moolman and Helgard Muller have rallied behind the retired real estate agent, and called on mense to donate $10 000 (just over R150 000) and $9 200 (about R140 000) respectively.
Moolman, a close family friend, said she wanted to save Sparrow from jail.
She added that while what she did can never be justified, she did deserve a second chance.
The campaigns received backlashes yesterday, with one social media user, Zubair Kaka, writing: “Racists protecting racists. You have no shame.”
By yesterday afternoon, Muller’s campaign stood at $340 (R5 148), while no one contributed to Moolman’s.