Fake Motlanthe in Facebook bribe bid [Cape Argus (South Africa)]
(Cape Argus (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A person who has been pretending on social media to be Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has been trying to solicit bribes from members of the public, Motlanthe's office confirmed yesterday.
"This impostor, on Facebook, asked someone to pay him in (UK) pounds to qualify for business and contracts," said Motlanthe's spokesman, Thabo Masebe.
The fake Motlanthe asked his Facebook friend for £450 (about R7 200).
"This person then contacted us (the Presidency) to ask if this might be possible, and we alerted him that he was dealing with someone posing as Deputy President Motlanthe," Masebe said.
The matter had been reported to Facebook but it was unclear how long it would take for the account to be closed.
Masebe said the account appeared to be a recent creation, and had accumulated at least five thousand friends in about two weeks.
The Sowetan reported that police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi said that impersonating another person in any form was punishable as a crime.
He also said the state had passed the National Cyber Security Policy Framework Act to address the matter. - Sapa
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