ANCYL to trace 'white Twitter reactionaries'

2010-11-04 15:41
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Thursday vowed to trace the "reactionary, right-wing, white people" who impersonated its leader Julius Malema on Twitter, but would not divulge how this would be done.

"We'll trace them... that is very possible to do," ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said in reaction to at least 12 Malema impersonators existing on the social networking site.

"We are sure, when they get exposed, you will see it is white people. Reactionary, right-wing, white people."

Asked how the tracing would be done, he replied: "We don't want to expose our strategy on how we will get them. But we will get them and we are going to report them to the police. It's fraud, this thing, it's unacceptable, it's against the law.

"We will also institute civil claims against them and sue them.

"It is white people who are doing this because white people have a problem with the ANC Youth League."

Twitter 'committed'

Shivambu said the youth league had contacted Twitter's head office in San Francisco to complain about the impersonators. He said the US Embassy in South Africa helped the league contact the Twitter office.

"They (Twitter) made a commitment that they will close all those freak accounts as soon as possible. We are waiting for that."

But the ANCYL would continue with its own "tracing" and report the offenders to the police, Shivambu said.

On Thursday afternoon, a search for Julius Malema on Twitter showed all 12 impersonators were still alive and well. Of the 12, six bear the picture of the firebrand youth leader.

The last post by one of them, JuliusMalema82 said: "Eish mamma... wot is all this about us wanting to close Twitter. These bloody agents again."

Twitter users were in stitches on the site on Thursday morning following the news Malema wanted to close it down.

Tweets roll in


Tweets kept rolling in by the minute, with international news websites such as the BBC also picking up on the story.

"Julius Malema wants to shut down Twitter? Hahahahahahahahahaha, best joke4 2day," a user commented in reply to a post by 5fm radio jock Gareth Cliff.

Another, user EarleneBSmith, said: "Today is create a juju malema account day... do it... you know your red sockes (sic) want to... lol!"

Garethdv added: "ANCYL to close down Twitter... They truly are a bunch of gifted individuals!"

Another, kerryannerogers, pointed out grammar mistakes in the ANCYL statement: "In fact ANCYL statement called for 'closer of Twitter' following 'cretation' of fake accounts. Was that so we'd know it was the real Malema?"

Poking fun

The impersonators continued their work on Thursday morning.

One user, named JujuMalemaOZ, offered black empowerment "tips".

"Julius Malema empowerment tips#10 Friends = comrades, badguys = Agents, opposition = cockroach and Jonny walker (sic) = yebo yes!

"Julius Malema empowering tips#9 Agents are everywhere, use a helmet to block brain scanners, no need for me, no brain to scan," the post read.

Another impersonator, called julius_m_jnr, wrote: "Trying to help Daddy find the Pedi word for 'satire'... Any help plz, how do I explain it to him? #malema."

Someone else suggested: "Funny we may just have found the ANCYL's weak spot. They're terrified of Twitter. Let's all start fake Julius Malema accounts!"


- SAPA
Read more on:    twitter  |  ancyl  |  julius malema  |  social networks
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power dominates and can help you to uncover things from a deeper level, but it can also create entanglements if you let your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.