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Zuma dismisses claims his Twitter account is fake

Less than two days, Zuma has now amassed over 81,000 followers and counting.

A video screengrab of Jacob Zuma making his Twitter debut.

JOHANNESBURG – Former president Jacob Zuma has dismissed claims that his account on twitter is not real.

Less than two days, Zuma has now amassed over 81,000 followers and counting

But his popularity on the social media platform has attracted some detractors.

Despite being welcomed onto twitter by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and African National Congress's Fikile Mbalula, many have had a hard time believing Zuma has signed up on the platform.

To those doubters the Zuma had this to say:

“Yes, it is me I have it is real and I am sure it will take time for people to get used to it.”

Former president had a message to the parody accounts bearing his name.

“I know that some people have been using some fake accounts on my name but now it’s me I'm there.”

Zuma went on to explain why he joined.

“I must be in the conversation to correct things and respond to things that need to be responded, it’s me Jacob Zuma.”

As South Africa heads into general elections next year, this newly created account is expected to add to the many voices weighing on the country's political climate.

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