Minister Cele warns fake Twitter users

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Newly appointed Police Minister Bheki Cele has sent a strong warning to all the individuals behind the fake Twitter accounts impersonating him.

In a statement on Wednesday, Minister Cele’s office condemned the accounts.

“The mushrooming Twitter handles in the name of the Minister are viewed as sinister and are aimed at dragging the name of Minister Cele [through the] mud… in the social media space for reasons best known to the ghost operators,” spokesperson Nonkululeko Phokane said.

Phokane said any Twitter account or any social media account operating in the minister's name is fake and that no one is authorised to operate any social media account in his name.

While Phokane acknowledged Twitter as a respectable communication platform, she emphasised that all official communication on matters of the office of the Minister of Police will be communicated accordingly by the office.

However, Phokane said Minister Cele has welcomed positive feedback from genuine individuals on social media.

“Minister Cele has also observed all social media comments from genuine individuals since his appointment and has positively welcomed and received all of them as building blocks towards a concerted effort in creating a safe South Africa for all.” -

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