Julius Malema may not be a Twitter fan, but South African users of the social networking site have declared tomorrow “JujuFriday” and are urging each other to use a profile picture featuring the ANC Youth League leader.
Last week the ANCYL said it would lay a complaint of fraud against Twitter users purporting to be Malema, and warned that if site administrators did not act swiftly to muzzle them it would move to have Twitter shut down.
A number of Malema impersonators operate on Twitter, entertaining followers with tips about how to get empowered.
The league’s derision did nothing to deter the impersonators, and now Twitter users have decided to pay tribute to Malema in their own way: by changing their profile pictures to images of the firebrand leader.
“Tomorrow is #JujuFriday! Choose a pic and change your Twitter profile pic,” users urged each other today.
Others encouraged their followers to “choose the best pic you can find”.
The idea was not universally welcomed: a user tweeting under the name of the league’s spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, fired off a tweet which read “NO BLOODY AJENT (sic)!” - Cape Argus