South Africa: RET social media influencer Sphithiphithi ‘exposed’ in court after July uprising

Is it the angelic face behind one of the most evil Twitter handles barking in Jacob Zuma’s name?

The state alleges that a 36-year-old Twitter influencer was one of the instigators that sparked widespread unrest and looting in July.

Zamaswazi Majozi appeared before the Germiston Magistrates’ Court on Monday, accused of using his social media accounts to incite violence.

According to a statement released by the Priority Crime Investigations Directorate (the Hawks), Majozi allegedly broadcast content “which resulted in the looting and arson that occurred at the Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.”

Majozi appears to be the person behind the Twitter account, Sphithiphithi Evaluator (@_AfricanSoil).

The account is a leading voice in the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) political faction and has used Twitter anonymously to defend former President Jacob Zuma and fiercely attack his critics.

Majozi’s Facebook profile shows that she previously worked for First National Bank and Standard Bank before starting her own marketing and communications business. She also runs a small catering business, making platters, cakes and gatsby. Her WhatsApp profile says she offers career counseling workshops for grade 12 students.

There is, however, little indication of Majozi’s political alter ego on …

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