Motlanthe not amused with Twitter impersonators

2012-08-30 00:00

IMITATION is the best form of flattery — but not on Twitter, and especially not when you are the deputy president.

The Presidency on Tuesday night asked Twitter and Facebook to take action and close all accounts that impersonate Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

“It has come to the attention of the office of the deputy president … that a number of impersonators are using the name of the deputy president to communicate on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook,” Motlanthe’s spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, said.

“We wish to put it on record that deputy president Motlanthe has never registered on any social media platform and therefore distances himself from the contents of these accounts.”

It seems the Presidency’s pleas did not dent the imitators need to give SA’s deputy president a public voice.

Last night there were still three pages and two profiles on Facebook with the name “Kgalema Motlanthe”, with the largest having 625 “likes”. On Twitter, there are three accounts with the names @KgMotlanthe (901 followers), @ANCKgalema (58) and @KgalemaMotlanthe (246).

Some of the tweets attributed to the deputy president included the followig:

Kgalema Motlanthe ‏@ANCKgalema: “What is currently happening in Limpopo was envisaged and the Media had warned us of this … Comrades we are in a revolution!”

Kgalema Motlanthe ‏@ANCKgalema: “Happy Women’s day!!!”

RT”@Zwelinzima1: “Happy birthday to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - told he turns 63 today. Long Live Mkhuluwa!!” Kgalema Motlanthe ‏@KgMotlanthe: “We love him but God loved him more R.I.P Brown Dash”

Kgalema Motlanthe ‏@KgMotlanthe: “RT @Anda_VP RT @JJTabane: “Pallo Jordan Ben Turok Tokyo Sexwale Winnie Mandela Kgalema Motlanthe these folks speak their minds ...”

Kgalema Motlanthe ‏@KgalemaMotlante: “The ANC in the Free State will hold its provincial conference this weekend.”

Kgalema Motlanthe ‏@KgalemaMotlante: “In South Africa, we pretend to be the so-called rainbow nation.”

Kgalema P. Motlanthe ‏@KgalemaMotlante: “If Helen Zille & Zwelinzima Vavi did join forces, they would have a cool Brangelina name. Either ZwelinZille or HelenZima.

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