News24

Julius Malema joins Twitter - for real

2012-09-06 14:31

Cape Town – The real Julius Malema has joined Twitter and is tweeting under a previous satirical Twitter account, a report says.

Ex-ANCYL leader Julius Malema confirmed that he took over the authority of the @Julius_S_Malema Twitter account, a report by the Mail & Guardian says.

Malema previously threatened to “shut down” the social network following rampant tweets from the many satirical Julius Malema Twitter accounts.

The most popular of all these accounts is @Julius_S_Malema, which had 215 257 followers on Thursday.

President Jacob Zuma's Twitter feed, @SAPresident, has 157 578 followers and DA leader @HelenZille, has 176 233 followers.

Account owner


"I wasn't coerced into doing it at all. I offered it to him in 2009 but it didn't materialise," the creator of the Julius_S_Malema account told the Mail & Guardian.

"I didn't think it would get this huge. I only started it because someone said I was like Malema and I wanted to prove them wrong. I merely started the account and began quoting him verbatim."

The identity of parody account’s owner has largely been a secret, but self-described film-producer-turned-paramedic-turned-medical-doctor @Jonathan_Witt tweeted the following on Thursday: Sold Julius the parody account I had been running. Can now officially say I'm a beneficiary of the Ratanang Trust.”

Since the real Malema took over the account, the content and tone of the tweets have shifted away from typical parody expected from the previous account: "No surrender! No retreat! #ASIJIKI and we are not frightened by threats of those who are loosing [sic] ground," Malema tweeted on 3 September.

Julius has also tweeted various quotes such as "'Condemn me, it doesn't matter, history will absolve me' Fidel Castro."

Comments
  • Msika - 2012-09-06 14:41

    Headline News on News24.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-06 14:45

      Ja, like as if Im EVER going to follow him on twitter!!! Hell will freeze over first!!!

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-06 15:05

      Now he is finally a twit

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-09-06 15:15

      News24 will report Malema making a dump one of these days...obsessed!!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-06 15:35

      I might just follow him. I can only imagine that his tweets are going to be unintentionally hilarious.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-06 15:36

      Yeah 10 paragraphs of filler. News24 must be desperate today

      themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-06 15:43

      Finally, now we can hear from the president himself

      francois.roux1 - 2012-09-06 15:58

      Come on guys, now we can go make fun of anything he posts, seriously, I'm happy that they reported it...LOL

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-06 14:42

    Did that fat prick really think he would be able to shut Twitter down? Only people who would want to start their day in a negative way would follow him. No thanks.

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-06 14:42

    Now news24..Was it really neccessary to write about this story and publish it? If I didnt know any better I'd think that news24 is also a true Malema fan.

      raath - 2012-09-06 14:55

      The real journalists are stuck in traffic somewhere, and News24 had an empty spot to fill on their page.

      maree.cassie - 2012-09-06 15:06

      I can see it now: "Juju takes on twitter." Then "twitter stocks go down." Juju takes over twitter." "Twitter name changed to Umshini wam!"

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-09-06 15:07

      Raath, be real; who is not a Malema fan? Just see how you guys go bananas whenever something is written about him. His articles are the most followed and commented on. check this one!!

  • sarie.coetzee3 - 2012-09-06 14:46

    Please don't he will overcrowd the space no!no!

      raath - 2012-09-06 14:55

      You need substance to overcrowd something :p

  • joahan.smal - 2012-09-06 14:47

    Don't worry, he will fail twitter as well. After all the pass rate is zero.

  • leigh.mos - 2012-09-06 14:50

    Another twit on twitter !!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-06 14:51

    Malema SHOULD have a twitter account, because he's a complete TWIT.

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-09-06 14:53

    He is a Twit afterall!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-06 14:54

    I couldn't possibly give less of a crap.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-06 14:57

    They dont allow cell phones in jail!

  • DJPotifar - 2012-09-06 15:00

    Hi lack of schooling will be laid bare by observing all the grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. This could be fun!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-06 16:04

      He probably will have a twit secetary!

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-09-06 15:02

    "Great" "report"....

  • ribie.sebe - 2012-09-06 15:07

    ag you people are something. your complaining about the story you have read even went on to comment. i guess it was worth it for news 24 to publish it. i wont be suprised if it becomes most red/commented

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-09-06 15:10

    yay my fav idiot now has another outlet for his nonsense spewing.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-06 15:10

    He's never been a twitter man because he is a twat.

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-06 15:15

    Hey News24.What time did Malema eat,shower and go to the toilet? Lol you are really keeping taps on Malema.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-06 15:16

    Why on earth would he want to buy the account? He could have just created a new one called @SAarse which evidently sounds similar to sars, he's next best friend.

  • khippie.bigkid - 2012-09-06 15:26

    Is he on facebook????

  • dieketseng.mohlabane - 2012-09-06 15:33

    Why is this person still making the headlines?

      Themba Patric Sibande - 2012-09-06 16:09

      simply because you are not

      arno.botha.71 - 2012-09-06 16:23

      Good question!

      alvin.ntsethe - 2012-09-06 16:46

      The man is famous

      collen.masetla - 2012-09-09 06:07

      Simply because he is far much better and important than idiotic you, can't u see? Or else you were the one who should be making headlines even abroad like he does. Britain even just ask for a special interview with him, last time they came here and second time they invited him, still not stupid you.

  • samuel.herman.758 - 2012-09-06 16:08

    Does this twat even know how to work a phone?

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-06 16:10

    Although he could not open his own account (beats me why not) at least he bought it (so they say) it was not part of some shady deal.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-06 16:14

    Twit or twat ? Go fat boy go. Twit away. Nobody likes you and you're ugly

  • arno.botha.71 - 2012-09-06 16:22

    Slow news day?

  • Jane - 2012-09-06 16:43

    He can spell?

      jaymz.hurly - 2012-09-06 17:42

      You mean he can copy and paste

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-09-06 17:08

    216018 followers

  • NotBlackEnough - 2012-09-06 18:01

    Technology for Primates! I rest my Case! BTW, Do Not Buy an e Tag EVER!

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-09-06 19:30

    Ignore him at y own peril...hate him or love him, he's got d spotlight...asijiki! More followers than our President...huhaa! Asijiki!

  • mzwakheblackie - 2012-10-17 11:36

    who cares how many followers he got,hes a sick bustard to me i hate him

  • tshepho.langa.7 - 2012-10-28 07:22

    Leave juju alone coz now he call him self as. izikhothane.bc0z month ago he bought arbiter shoes and also he says wena he dress to impress.@ juju welele madzala welele keep khoting waya waya and raise italian spirit namanje

  • thabomasekela.thabo - 2013-02-01 23:41

    Leave juju alone! nd the history wil remain

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