Zuma joins Twitter

2011-05-10 14:04

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma began tweeting on Tuesday gathering over 600 followers within an hour of his first post.

"Democracy is flourishing in South Africa, thanks to the active participation of all citizens. It's wonderful. Vote 18 May!" read his first tweet, posted from an iPhone, from the account SAPresident.

His spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said: "Yes, it is the legitimate account for President Zuma.

"[He] decided to join the world of Twitter to better communicate his activities and reach a wider audience both young and old, domestic and abroad."

The account was in his capacity as president of the country, said an aide Zanele Mngadi, who laughed when asked if someone had to teach the sexagenarian how to navigate the 140-character micro-blogging tool.

Following himself

Mngadi said the intention was to communicate brief excerpts of speeches or highlight something, as the presidency was already doing on Facebook and so, not every update would come directly from the president.

"But, naturally, if he gets time at some point, he will do it," she said.

Zuma follows one account on Twitter, that of the presidency, at PresidencyZA.

It posted on Tuesday morning: "We would like to announce the creation of a Twitter account for President Zuma. Please follow the President on @SAPresident".

The ANC, which Zuma heads, also has a Twitter account, MyANC.

He joins other South African politicians like the DA's Helen Zille (helenzille) and Cape Town mayoral candidate Patricia de Lille (PatriciaDeLille) and further afield US President Barack Obama (BarackObama) who have also made Twitter a part of their communication strategy.

  • stofsuier - 2011-05-10 14:12

    He was a twit to start with

      ir8m8 - 2011-05-10 15:06

      yes but now its official...

      Krush - 2011-05-10 15:37

      Twitter...the website malema wanted to shut down? How long before Malema shouts "Nationalise the Internet?"

      Krush - 2011-05-10 15:43

      I wonder how long it's going to be before Malema shouts "Nationalise the Internet."

      Diablo7 - 2011-05-11 10:53

      Wonder how many women he "poked" on facebook:)

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-05-10 14:18

    My President online.... Go get them Msholozi. We will follow you 24/7.

      cerveza - 2011-05-10 14:41

      @zizo - what if the YL shuts him down?

      FerretGee - 2011-05-10 15:24

      Are you on Twitter Zizo?? Remember that Julius wanted it shut down but now the Pres is on there... so now what??

      farmworker - 2011-05-15 16:55

      Racist Racist white will always find reason to derail the country. How on earth do you go out of topic and what is it with disliking the president on Twitter

      False Belief - 2011-05-16 21:24

      @farmwanker, your Y/L "comrade" made the statement to shut twitter down. 0 point IQ = throw out the racial card.

  • MetEishYa - 2011-05-10 14:22

    Oops, Someone better warn him as Julius want to have Twitter and the other social networks shutdown!!!!!

  • Steen - 2011-05-10 14:22

    It is good for his followers.

  • Noneedtoknow - 2011-05-10 14:25

    Nice! Now even more people can realise the BS that comes out of his mouth.

      Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-10 15:57

      that's if its him. As the article says. Other people will tweet on behalf of him. And him personally when je gets time. Its all BS.

  • YohYohYoh - 2011-05-10 14:26

    No water, No power, No housing.... but ay they must be having cellphones to follow me on twitter! Who doesn't?

      RVQ - 2011-05-10 14:55

      Coz thankfully ANC doesn't run the cellphone companies or we would have no cellphones like how we have no power, no water, no roads....

  • Dave - 2011-05-10 14:34

    Don't bother Zuma Juliass is going to close down twitter

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-10 14:42

    600 FOLLOWERS...wives, girlfriends, children, bastard children,grandchildren, it all adds up...

  • - 2011-05-10 14:47

    This is great Zuma! A brilliant way to reach out to your supporters.

      ir8m8 - 2011-05-10 15:08

      yes go be a real leader and actually sit down and talk with your people instead of adding another barrier.

      FerretGee - 2011-05-10 15:26

      And how many supporters living in shacks and shanty towns have access to Twitter??

  • Luckybugger - 2011-05-10 14:48

    Zuma is the head TWIT

  • Beedyeye - 2011-05-10 14:56

    What else do twits join?

  • IandI - 2011-05-10 15:06

    I can imagine his tweets: - Just gave away 200 yellow ANC T-shirts to the sheep at Park station -I wonder what my other babymama is doing -Hmm, look at those nice legs. Must make her wife no.7 -Have to consider pardon for my golf playing ex-financial advisor -My multimillion Nkandla mansion should be completed soon, before the 2012 uprising -Khulubuse my nephew has just bought another Lamboghini, must take it for test drive -Have to remember to call my real boss(Juju) for his advise on building a new cabinet

      ir8m8 - 2011-05-10 15:23

      you forgot....bring me my machine gun...bloody agent!

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-10 15:17

    tweet tweet, mShini wam

  • Slapper - 2011-05-10 15:24

    I thought that Big Birds Squawked, at Least this is what seems to have come out of Zuma's Beak for the last 15 years?

  • grumpy - 2011-05-10 15:26

    looks like he's trying to crash that too

  • gizzy - 2011-05-10 15:34

    He better get going before juliarse and his sidekick floyd close it down!

  • gizzy - 2011-05-10 15:37

    Anybody how to tweet him? We could all tell him what we think of him. He's only used to hearing from those bootlicking cadres close to him.

      FerretGee - 2011-05-10 16:28

      I have decided to follow @SAPresident just to see if a) he actually gets what Twitter is about, b) to see how he handles the banter and abuse and c) if he actually tweets anything worthwhile (I bet though he gets a lackey to tweet on his behalf)

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-10 20:21

    Now this is worth trolling... *Evil Grin*

  • Adrian - 2012-05-04 17:01

    He's not new to Twitter, I've been following his tweets for months. Just that he is not a frequent tweeter! LOL

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