Twitter users in stitches over Malema

2010-11-04 09:10

Twitter users were in stitches this morning after hearing the news that ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema wanted to shut down the social networking site.

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,” several users 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. 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’s 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?”

The ANCYL said yesterday it would call for the closure of Twitter if the social network administrators did nothing to stop Malema impersonators.

“We will look at ways of stopping this. Even if it means going to the police,” said spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

A search of Malema on Twitter reveals 12 users, including Julius Malema, JMalema, Julius S Malema and jujumalema.

Of the 12 users, six have the picture of the firebrand youth leader.

The impersonators continued their work this morning.

One user, named JujuMalemaOZ, offered black empowerment “tips”.

“Julius Malema empowerment tips#10 Friends = comrades, badguys = Agents, opposition = cockroach and Jonny walker = 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!”

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