Media release

Fake social media accounts

26 May 2014

26 May 2014

Government wishes to clarify that people wanting to follow developments around the new Cabinet on social media are advised to access their Twitter and Facebook accounts via the respective departmental websites.

Government Communications is aware that a number of fake accounts have emerged following President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of the new National Executive. These accounts are established under the pretext of being official accounts using the South African Coat of Arms and/or names of appointed ministers.

Among the fake accounts is one purporting to be the new Ministry of Communications, while another claims to be the new Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene. Government wishes to put it on record that official Twitter and Facebook accounts are placed and linked to official websites of different government departments.

Government calls on those establishing these accounts to desist from impersonating government leaders and using these valuable communication platforms to try to confuse the people of South Africa.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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