In the statement, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said: “The SABC views this matter in a serious light as this was a violation of James Aguma’s rights and identity theft, and also affected the organisation.”
Kganyago said the individual in question was deceiving the public on Twitter by misrepresenting the acting CEO and promoting views that were not those of the organisation.
He added that Aguma did not have a Twitter account and any account with his name and photograph was fake and needed to be disregarded.
Aguma and the SABC were to make an application to the relevant law enforcement institutions to discard the existing Twitter account under his name.
Out of curiosity, The Citizen had a look at what this supposedly fake Aguma has been saying, and found an account with only a handful of followers (184 at last count), although SABC News and the South African presidency, curiously enough, were among of them.
The tweets themselves appeared reasonably plausible, but the account only started producing messages at the end of June.
Here’s a selection of the, as we said, oddly plausible tweets from the supposedly fake Aguma’s timeline. A tweet about “looking forward to working with Judge Desai is one of the few signs this account might be fake, as it’s a clear jumping of the gun in predicting who the next public protector may turn out to be.