Mpumalanga man appears in court for impersonating Minister Cele on social media

Zakhele Nkosi is the second person to be charged with the crime in the last year.

SCREENGRAB: Police Minister Bheki Cele meeting with the KZN taxi industry in the south coast on Thursday, 14 July 2022. Picture: Lirandzu Themba/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - A 34-year-old Mpumalanga man has appeared in the White River Magistrates Court for impersonating Police Minister Bheki Cele on social media.

Zakhele Nkosi is the second person to be charged with the crime in the last year.

Nkosi was served with a summons to appear in court last month following an in-depth investigation by the Hawks.

He appeared in court on Thursday and his case was postponed to next week.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Philani Nkwalase said that the preliminary investigations uncovered a staggering 161 fake Facebook accounts and two fake Facebook groups.

Last year, the unit arrested a 25-year-old man who was linked to some of the accounts.

Nkwalase said that the investigations were continuing and that more arrests were expected.