‘Don’t believe what you read in the papers’

2013-06-11 11:56

A group calling themselves the “Bogus Boys” is asking South Africans not to “believe what you read in the papers”.

The outfit was behind last week’s bogus The Star newspaper posters, the Joburg daily reported today.

In an anonymous document sent to the newspaper’s editor, Makhudu Sefara, by fast mail, the Bogus Boys apologised for the posters’ poor design and promised to use a “more professional graphic artist”.

A 10-point manifesto purported to explain the reasons why they had targeted The Star, according to the report.

The group’s pamphlet reportedly began with “You should not believe what you read in the papers”, and then stated that The Star was “under threat from Sekunjalo”, the consortium buying Independent Newspapers’ South African operations.

“They must immediately reveal whether their R2 billion bid is being bankrolled by the ANC,” the Bogus Boys said in point three.

The spoofers then rambled on about the “outrageous antics of the ANC“, fallen struggle heroes, Marikana, the Guptas, and how newspapers indoctrinated South African citizens “with nonsense”.

Sefara said the Bogus Boys should have used a legal platform so that their issues could be addressed.

“It’s unfortunate that they have opted to use their spoof posters to raise their concerns,” he was quoted as saying.

Some of the fake posters put up in Parkhurst, northern Joburg, on Friday read: “ANC Murdered Marikana Miners.”

A criminal case was opened at the Parkview Police Station but according to Sefara police had not found anything yet.

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