Zuma’s fi­ancée to act over fake Twit­ter

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FOR­MER­pres­i­dent­Ja­cob­Zuma’s­fi­ancée­Nonkany­iso­Conco­will­be­in­sti­tut­in­gle­gal­ ac­tion­ against­ those­be­hind­the­fake­Twit­ter­ac­count­reg­is­tered­un­der­her­name.

In­ an­ in­ter­view­ with­ Zulu­ news­paper­Ilanga,­Conco­said­she­has­al­readyre­quested­ Twit­ter­ man­age­mentto­ iden­tify­ the­ in­di­vid­ual­ be­hind­the­fake­ac­count.

“They­are­busy­in­ves­ti­gat­ing­as­we­s­peak­and­once­the­per­son­has­beeniden­ti­fied­we­will­then­in­sti­tute­legal­steps,”­she­said.

This­after­a­Twit­ter­ac­count­un­der­the­ name­ @MrsCon­coZuma­ had­caught­the­at­ten­tion­of­so­cial­me­di­ausers­last­week.

Tweets­sent­from­the­ac­count­in­clude­ Conco­ pur­port­edly­ declar­ingher­undy­ing­love­for­Zuma,­wel­com­ing­the­for­ma­tion­of­the­new­po­lit­i­cal­party­ linked­ to­ for­mer­ GCIS­ head­Mzwanele­ Manyi­ and­ be­rat­ing­ the­former­pres­i­dent’s­crit­ics.

The­ tweets­ caught­ the­ eye­ of­ someANC­ se­nior­lead­ers,­in­clud­ing ­Na­tion­alEx­ec­u­tive­ Com­mit­tee ­( NEC)­m em­ber­ Derek­ Ha nekom ,­ who­ wanted­ to­ know­which­ po­lit­i­cal­ party­ Con co­ be­longed­ to.

Conco,­ who­ has­ an­ ac­tive­ In­sta­gram­ac­count,­said­she­does­not­havea­Twit­ter­ac­count.­“I­have­never­hada­Twit­ter­ac­count­in­my­life,”­she­said.

A­ra­dio­pre­sen­ter­at­re­gional­ra­dio­sta­tion­ Vuma­ FM,­ Conco­ said­ thetweets­did­not­re­flect­her­per­son­al­ityand­that­any­per­son­who­knew­her­would­have­re­alised­the­ac­count­was­ fake.

“What­ wor­ries­ me­ is­ that­ even­some­high­pro­file­peo­ple­were­duped­into­be­liev­ing­that­it­was­me­send­ingth­ose­tweets,”­she­said.

Apart­from­the­fact­that­she­was­not­the­kind­of­a­per­son­who­freelyshared­ in­for­ma­tion­ about­ her­ per­sonal­life,­Conco­said­send­ing­out­thekind­ of­ in­for­ma­tion­ that­ was­ sent­from­ the­ fake­ ac­count­ would­ have­com­pro­mised­her­pro­fes­sional­in­tegrity­and­tainted­the­Vuma­FM­brand.

A­for­mer­pupil­of­Haythorne­High­School­in­Wood­lands,­Pi­eter­mar­itzburg,Conco­ has­ a­ nine-month-old­baby­boy­with­Zuma.

Twit­ter­ has­ since­ sus­pended­ the­fake­ ac­count,­ say­ing­ it­ vi­o­lated­ it­srules.

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