On fake twitter accounts

I love local political press releases. And this one from the new police minister is particularly good.

Of course, Bheki Cele’s predecessor was hugely active on twitter. Sadly, he was more active in twitter than at doing his actual job. Happily, he’s now not doing his actual job anymore. Lovely.
But will our new minister be busy on the social medias? No chance – if you’ve seen an tweet from him, IT’S FAKE!

The Minister wishes to state categorically clear that any Twitter account or any social media account operating in his name is Fake and that no one is authorized to operate any social media account in his name.


But wait, there’s more:

The mushrooming Twitter handles in the name of the Minister are viewed as sinister and are aimed at dragging the name of Minister Cele in all dirty and tricky mud games in the social media space for reasons best known to the ghost operators.

I actually only go onto Twitter to engage in all dirty and tricky mud games in the social media space. The rest of it is rubbish.

Social media remains a respectable communication platform that should be exempted from any abuse by ghost operators.

Ok. I’m in agreement here. Ghost operators should stick to operating ghosts. That’s definitely what they’re best at. Not abusing respectable communication platforms. No-one needs that. And what happens to all the unoperated ghosts while all this abuse is going on?

A frankly terrible situation.

This is a typically robust, ridiculously nonsensical start from Cele, and I can’t wait for what’s coming next.

Traffic cop

South Africa’s roads are notoriously dangerous – a fact which is more widely publicised over the holiday period. I like to think that I am a responsible, careful driver, but I can’t legislate for all the other idiots on the road. And hey, maybe they are thinking the same thing anyway.

We did see a couple of roadblocks on the way down here, and it’s likely that we’ll see some on the way back to the Mother City as well. If you get caught in one, maybe you can use this approach.

I’m not saying that I know it will work, but then, do any of us REALLY know anything?

Drive safely, folks. Especially around me. Thanks.

The Reykjavík Metro Police Instagram account is a thing of wonder

We at 6000 Towers think that Iceland is pretty cool. We might have mentioned that before. Repeatedly.

But here’s yet another feather in the cap of the chilly volcanic island’s cap: Lögreglan – The Reykjavík metropolitan police official Instagram account.

How cool are these guys?

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Brekkan getur oft verið ansi brött, en ekkert er óyfirstíganlegt… #þrjárbrattar & Brace yourselves winter is coming

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Fuglunum gefið brauð & Var sumarið ekki að undirbúa komu sína? #reiðhjólasumar #snjóengill

Presumably, there’s some actual police work going on at some point as well. Presumably.

I do use Instagram, but I use it to share photos rather than to follow other people – there’s Flickr and or twitter for that sort of thing. However, I’m going to make Lögreglan the first and only account I’m following. And I won’t be alone, with their cult following of almost 19,000 users.

I somehow can’t see the Cape Town metro cops doing something like this, and even if they did, I can’t see it being nearly as good as the Lögreglan one.

Yes, South Africa is very cool, but Iceland is (quite literally) a bit cooler.


More blogworthy news from South Africa to share with the the world.

A suspected robber, who has been on the run from police ever since they raided his Pretoria rental home two weeks ago, got the fright of his life when he was arrested as he unexpectedly sat down next to the officer investigating his case to watch the Kaizer Chiefs-Platinum Stars soccer match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

While I’m glad that he’s now behind bars, I can’t help but think he’s been rather unlucky there.
For those who like their i’s dotted and t’s crossed, Chiefs won the match 3-2.