Minister becomes victim of Facebook ID theft

Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday distanced himself from a Facebook profile purporting to be him.

"I do not own a Facebook account and have not given permission to anyone to use my identity on social media," he said in a statement.

"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 account had a picture of Mthethwa and his wife Philisiwe taken at their wedding last year. The account had more than 2 000 friends.

Mthethwa said he had reported the account to Facebook.

There have been several fake social networking accounts claiming to be Cabinet ministers.

Last month, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene complained about fake accounts.

Nxesi said police were investigating the creation of the account. His office was worried "that the public may be taken for a ride by unscrupulous characters posing as the minister".

The finance ministry complained about several fake accounts. At the time it said there were also bogus letters and e-mails being sent out, purporting to be from the ministry and associated institutions.

In February, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters dissociated herself from a bogus Facebook page.

Her spokesperson Jomo Khasu said the page was created by Nicholas Triphati in the United Kingdom or the United States.

Triphati claimed to be creating jobs through the Southern African Development Community and the Economic Community of West African States on the page.

The pictures on the social network page were not obtained legitimately, said Khasu.

Last year, bogus Facebook pages emerged for Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, and former Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana.

Nin Ja Kitty 2014-09-02 04:42:39 PM
Ah of course this is the new bandwagon that all the guilty thieving Bstds are claiming to be victims of.
Jan Grimbeek 2014-09-02 04:49:44 PM
Somebody is pretty HARDUP to impersonate any of the current anc government people sitting in kabinet or parliament.
Lebohang Molefe 2014-09-02 04:50:40 PM
Lol, former minister of police. that serves him right. Interestingly even the police don't even know who is the minister of police. They still have Nathi Mthethwa's picture on their walls. Clueless.
coswecanfly 2014-09-02 04:52:19 PM
"Bogus" yeah sure...
Jerry Medina 2014-09-02 04:54:28 PM
Collaboration between racists an Nigerians I suppose. The two deserve each other.
Jan Grimbeek 2014-09-02 05:09:14 PM
And the securiy clusters Security informants and russian trained spies could not pick up that theres a fake account on FB since last year. WOW they are more than efficient and train to protect the security cluster then.
Samuel Cuthbert 2014-09-02 05:20:16 PM
You'll never find who made the account, and SAPS cannot do a dam thing as Facebook US couldn't careless about some South African police idiot, it will get deleted like every other fake account deal with it...
Don Bafana Bonga 2014-09-02 05:29:00 PM
Tjooo that is bad mas
Erna Westdyk 2014-09-02 05:33:59 PM
"that the public may be taken for a ride by unscrupulous characters posing as the minister". ----------- Funny.
Harry Kong 2014-09-02 06:04:05 PM
Facebook owns that account and everything that is on Facebook regardless of who started the account - before I submitted this comment it belonged to me but as soon a clicked post comment - it belongs to Facebook. Read the T&Cs... Can we put all our Ministers on Facebook then and solve our country's problems?