Thumbs up for JZ on Twit­ter

Pretoria News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - RUDZANI MATSHILI [email protected] |

SO­CIAL me­dia was sent into a spin and a bar­rel of laughs yes­ter­day, when for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma joined pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia plat­form Twit­ter.

Send­ing peo­ple into a com­plete melt­down, he an­nounced that he had de­cided to “move with times” by join­ing so­cial me­dia and in less than four hours he had more than 30 000 fol­low­ers.

In a 44-sec­ond video, he said: “Hello ev­ery­one. I have de­cided to move with the times to join this im­por­tant area of con­ver­sa­tion be­cause I hear that many peo­ple are talk­ing about me and oth­ers are call­ing them­selves Zuma in many ways.

“I felt it nec­es­sary that I must join in and be part of the con­ver­sa­tion and join the peo­ple in their dis­cus­sion. It’s me, for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.”

Peo­ple wel­comed him un­der the hash­tag #ubaba, which trended yes­ter­day, and “Black Twit­ter” said it was hum­bled that he had be­come one of them.

@Ax­e_linda: “ubaba just greeted and stated the man­date and whole Twit­ter is shook. That time he al­ready has over 30K fol­low­ers in a space of a few hours.”

@Tha­bangsays tweeted that the streets of Twit­ter would now be in or­der since Zuma was now a mem­ber.

Zuma then tweeted: “I look for­ward to en­gag­ing with you.”

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