Facebook identity theft, Ministers targeted
Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday distanced himself from a Facebook profile purporting to be him.
He stated that, “I do not own a Facebook account and have not given permission to anyone to use my identity on social media.Thus I strongly condemn the use of my stolen identity and will take appropriate steps, including legal action to have this matter investigated [and] resolved.”
The Facebook account which has more than 2000 friend also has a picture of Mthethwa and his wife Philisiwe taken at their wedding last year.
The Minister said he had reported the account to Facebook.
This is not the first fake account as there are several fake social networking accounts claiming to be Cabinet ministers.
In August, the Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene also complained about fake accounts.
Nxesi stated that the police were investigating the creation of the account as he was worried “that the public may be taken for a ride by unscrupulous characters posing as the minister”.
At that time, the finance also ministry complained about several fake accounts there were also bogus letters and e-mails being sent out, purporting to be from the ministry and associated institutions.
Earlier on this year, the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters distanced herself from a bogus Facebook page.
Her spokesperson Jomo Khasu stated that the page was created by Nicholas Triphati in the United Kingdom or the United States.
Triphati claimed that he was creating jobs through the Southern African Development Community and the Economic Community of West African States on the page.
Last year alone, bogus Facebook pages emerged for Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, and former Women’s Minister Lulu Xingwana.
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