Zindzi Mandela outraged by ‘rude’ Twitter impersonator

2013-07-19 15:03

Zindzi Mandela, one of former president Nelson Mandela’s daughters, is outraged by an impersonator who is being “generally rude to people” on a fake Twitter account in her name.

Mandela is the latest well-known personality to fall victim to a fake account on Twitter.

Other well-known South Africans who have been victims of fake accounts included Ndalo Media boss Khanyi Dhlomo, presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj, businessman and philanthropist Patrice Motsepe and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Read: Happy birthday, supreme leader – not the real Mac Maharaj

Today, a family friend and former journalist, Claude Colart, sent an email on behalf of Mandela, stating that the @ZindziMandela account was not hers.

The account claims to have been created in October 2004 but that was before the existence of Twitter.

In the note, Mandela said she had no idea who was behind the handle and was “outraged at this person who wants to appear to be me”.

Colart said he informed Mandela of the fake account when he, on Saturday (July 13 2013) saw a tweet – which has since been deleted – from Yusuf Abramjee welcoming her to Twitter.

In an email interview, Mandela said she had no reason to create Twitter and Facebook accounts and has not been on the social media sites, as she prefers to use other methods of communication. Mandela said she disliked some comments made about her father by the user and how he/she was “generally rude to people”.


Mandela said she planned to have the matter investigated and did not understand the idea of identity theft because the country’s democracy “allows freedom of expression and choice within reason”.

Mandela said her father was recovering well at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. She said the family had an “enjoyable day with Tata surrounded by lots of love, laughter, warmth and food” on his birthday yesterday.

“It is always an honour to serve him and to be given an opportunity to celebrate him as we did at the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls,” she added.

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