ANC probing 'mischievous' KZN conference tweet

2015-11-11 17:46
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Johannesburg - The ANC is investigating a "fake" tweet that was allegedly sent out on its official Twitter page announcing the results of its KwaZulu-Natal elective conference, seemingly before the results were announced.

A screen grab of the tweet from the @MyANC_ account appears to show that it was posted at 22:23 on Saturday, November 7.

The results of the ANC KwaZulu-Natal's 8th provincial congress were only officially announced on Sunday, November 8, just after 08:00.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said the party was investigating the matter.

"We [are] not responsible for that tweet and we are certain there is mischief behind that tweet," he told News24.

"Somebody tampered with that message and created the impression that it was sent before the official release of the results."

The time and date on the ANC's original tweet sent out at 08:23 on Sunday had been changed, he said.



The same seems to have been done to News24 reporter Genevieve Quintal's tweet regarding the outcomes of the conference.

Quintal had tweeted the results of the conference at 08:24 on Sunday.

However,  Twitter user @SifisoSonjica and @RealSenzoSA tweeted Quintal asking her how she knew the results on Saturday evening before the official announcement was made.

"How did you get the result because according to Joe Phahla voting ended at 3am on the 8th November," @RealSenzoSA asked Quintal on Twitter on Tuesday.

@SifisoSonjica a day later tweeted Quintal: "your 1st twit (sic) on the results was at 10:24 PM on Saturday, how was that possible?"

He then sent a screen grab of Quintal's tweet where the time and date appeared to have been doctored on her original tweet to make it look like it was sent out at 22:24 on the Saturday.



News24 tried to contact Sonjica about the origins of the screen grab of Quintal's doctored tweet. He did not respond to phone calls or messages. 

It is understood that a group of disgruntled ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal are unhappy with the conference outcomes and were planning to appeal the results.

The region has been divided between support for the newly elected provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala and Premier Senzo Mchunu.

Zikalala was elected chairperson after receiving 780 votes to Mchunu's 675. 

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