Teen death threats for Somizi tweet

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THE fam­ily of a teenager em­broiled in a ho­mo­pho­bic and racist Twit­ter rant against TV per­son­al­ity Somizi Mh­longo, claim she’s liv­ing in fear af­ter re­ceiv­ing death threats.

Lia Meyer’s, fam­ily have hired a well-known pub­lic re­la­tions prac­ti­tioner to im­ple­ment da­m­age con­trol.

Her fam­ily said Meyer, 19, re­cieved death threats on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing images of men hold­ing guns, spears and axes di­rected at her on Twit­ter. An in­flam­ma­tory tweet was posted from her ac­count on Tues­day about the flam­boy­ant celebrity who hosted the Sa­mas at the week­end. It read: “Isn’t @somizi like a ho­mo­sex­ual k ***** tjie? (sic)”.

Meyer de­nied send­ing it, claim­ing her ac­count was hacked. Yes­ter­day, she laid charges at Cape Town Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion, re­quest­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a breach of the Elec­tronic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Trans­ac­tions Act 25 of 2002. Mh­longo asked his 1.18 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers to track her down, say­ing: “Jail awaits her.” – Luke Folb

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