South African

Government Leaders

on Twitter 2020


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Why Twitter?

Although Facebook has the most number of users in South Africa, like in many other countries – Twitter is the most news-friendly social media platforms. It is by far the place that journalists are most likely to spend their social media energies.

Twitter remains the most influential platform used as a channel for news and prompt information sharing by politicians, government leaders, public representatives, media and communication professionals, journalists and newsrooms.

Twitter's influence has been elevated by its ability to provide a platform for real-time outrage, consumer activism, social mobilization by brands and governments.

With these considerations and observations, the biggest question is: are South African members of the cabinet, their departments and ministers' spokespeople on Twitter?



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Cabinet Member Accounts National Department Twitter Accounts Cabinet Member Spokespeople Accounts


Accounts are sorted from most followed to least followed.


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1. Minister of Transport |Mr Fix

@MbalulaFikile

Followers: 2371984

Following: 15341

Joined twitter on: Mon Mar 10 16:20:23 2014


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2. Cyril Ramaphosa πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ #StaySafe

@CyrilRamaphosa

Followers: 1748677

Following: 7

Joined twitter on: Tue Jan 20 12:11:37 2015


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3. Tito Mboweni

@tito_mboweni

Followers: 991106

Following: 7363

Joined twitter on: Sun Sep 30 19:54:51 2012


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4. Dr Zweli Mkhize

@DrZweliMkhize

Followers: 525913

Following: 38717

Joined twitter on: Wed Mar 22 09:51:28 2017


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5. Gwede Mantashe

@GwedeMantashe1

Followers: 439544

Following: 62

Joined twitter on: Thu Jul 11 10:07:07 2013


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6. Minister Jackson Mthembu

@JacksonMthembu_

Followers: 423528

Following: 3790

Joined twitter on: Fri Nov 30 11:17:34 2012


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7. Dr Dlamini Zuma

@DlaminiZuma

Followers: 367625

Following: 198

Joined twitter on: Thu Dec 25 15:55:21 2014


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8. Patricia de Lille

@PatriciaDeLille

Followers: 214113

Following: 1226

Joined twitter on: Tue Feb 22 20:34:41 2011


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9. Lindiwe Sisulu

@LindiweSisuluSA

Followers: 192849

Following: 104

Joined twitter on: Sat May 13 15:14:49 2017


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10. David D Mabuza

@DDMabuza

Followers: 143409

Following: 113

Joined twitter on: Tue Apr 03 08:25:24 2012


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11. Min. Nathi Mthethwa

@NathiMthethwaSA

Followers: 90926

Following: 1812

Joined twitter on: Mon Nov 17 15:03:33 2014


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12. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

@Stellarated

Followers: 68687

Following: 827

Joined twitter on: Sun Feb 05 16:32:57 2012


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13. Minister of Justice and Correctional Services πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

@RonaldLamola

Followers: 52552

Following: 457

Joined twitter on: Sat Oct 20 18:59:59 2018


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14. Ayanda Dlodlo

@MinAyandaDlodlo

Followers: 48484

Following: 731

Joined twitter on: Wed May 17 07:17:18 2017


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15. Bonginkosi Nzimande

@DrBladeNzimande

Followers: 45634

Following: 406

Joined twitter on: Mon Jan 18 19:54:55 2016


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16. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

@mmKubayiNgubane

Followers: 28238

Following: 1617

Joined twitter on: Wed Apr 13 22:50:25 2011


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17. Minister of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

@BarbaraCreecy_

Followers: 16469

Following: 606

Joined twitter on: Mon Feb 23 10:02:32 2015


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18. Minister Thulas Nxesi

@NxesiThulas

Followers: 7991

Following: 444

Joined twitter on: Thu Mar 26 15:01:32 2020


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19. Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

@MizKhu

Followers: 5643

Following: 220

Joined twitter on: Thu Feb 09 19:09:30 2012


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20. Maite Nkoana Mashabane

@maite_nkoana

Followers: 3400

Following: 474

Joined twitter on: Wed Jul 31 14:57:26 2019


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21. Thoko Didiza

@thoko_didiza

Followers: 2273

Following: 29

Joined twitter on: Mon Jun 20 17:35:03 2016


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22. Lindiwe Zulu

@Strashna

Followers: 1511

Following: 65

Joined twitter on: Tue Jul 12 15:43:09 2011


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23. Mapisa Nosiviwe Noluthando

@MapisaNosiviwe

Followers: 3

Following: 8

Joined twitter on: Fri Oct 23 12:33:03 2020