IT technician gets bad end of Sparrow social media whipping

Penny Sparrow
Penny Sparrow

Gopolang Chawane

Social media was set off on Monday, after a woman’s post referred to black people visiting the Durban beach front in December, as monkeys.

This led to an unfortunate Pretoria IT technician getting the huge social media backlash after users mistook his cellphone number for Sparrow’s.

Reports indicate that Clayton Ackerman’s cellphone number is similar to name-calling Sparrow’s.

Ackerman said the intimidation began in the early hours of Monday, with the earliest call at 07:00.

He said many people were WhatsApping him and sending him pictures of monkeys, but by then he had no idea what had initiated the attacks.

Many took to social media to vent their displeasure over the monkey post, with some even creating a group on Facebook named SparrowMustFall.

The DA also condemned the real estate agent’s “monkeys” Facebook post and was set to suspend her membership to the party.

Leader Mmusi Maimane said on Twitter that Sparrow’s comments were racist.  “They are an insult to me and to our party.

We have too many of these in South Africa, and we must criminalise these.”

KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu condemned Sparrow’s behaviour but warned that not all white people should be painted with the same brush.

He appealed for calm in the province.

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