Another bogus Facebook page had been created in the name of Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, his legal adviser, Phillip Masilo, said on Monday.
Masilo said the department’s communication staff came across the Facebook page and brought it to the attention of the minister.
“I don’t believe that he (Nxesi) saw the page because he is too busy to worry about people who have nothing better to do with their time. But we have instructed our information technology people to remove the page,” Masilo said.
A bogus Facebook page was created in Nxesi’s name early last year. Comments on the Nkandla saga were posted on it, purportedly by Nxesi.
Masilo said later last year, a document with the department’s letterhead was circulated, inviting contractors to apply for tenders.
“The minister takes these seriously and people are warned to stop using this mischief. Law enforcement agencies have been made aware of the hoax but we really don’t have time to pay attention to this,” he said.
Nxesi’s office issued a statement on Monday warning the public about the hoax.
Spokesman Sabelo Mali said the minister did not have a Facebook page and his office was concerned that the public might be cheated by unscrupulous characters posing as the minister.
“The ministry would like to warn anyone involved in the bogus page that this is a criminal offence and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“As it is, a criminal case has already been opened with the police,” Mali said.