The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Obed Bapela has become the latest victim on a list of several Government ministers whose identities have been hijacked on social networking sites.
Deputy Minister Bapela has noted with serious concern, the existence of a fake Facebook account registered in his name and has denounced it. â€œThe Facebook account is fictitious albeit displaying some of my publicly-available photos, and regular updates purported to be from me. As a result, most Facebook users familiar with my public service duties have engaged the account on a regular basis believing it to be real, â€ said Deputy Minister Bapela.
The imposter apparently uses this social media account in the name of the Deputy Minister to ask for donations, claiming the existence of opportunities such as project funding through BRICS and makes false promises. It is important to note that the Deputy Minister does not have a Facebook account and has never requested for funding of any kind on the social platform.
Even though we have escalated this matter to Facebook, Inc. requesting them to delete the fake account, CoGTA is issuing a public warning about this Facebook user impersonating Deputy Minister Bapela.
CoGTA urges members of the public to ignore any friend requests from the imposter and the content thereof.
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