Despite having over 2 million followers on social media platform Twitter, Julius Malema says social media doesn't reflect reality. Former Western Cape Premier Helen Zille agreed with the EFF leader, for once, in this regard.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema feels that social media is not always a true reflection of reality.
The politician often uses social media to comment on current affairs in South Africa, and relay party-related information to his followers; however, he feels that there is a disconnect, claiming that 'Twitter results' didn't translate to reality:
"I also hasten to point out that Twitter is entirely divorced from reality: I know for a fact that the EFF won nearly every 'poll' conducted on Twitter in the run-up to the elections. It ultimately lost the elections and came third."
TimesLIVE reports that the EFF leader made these comments in an affidavit, defending himself against a hate speech lawsuit brought against him and the party by the South African National Editors' Forum and five reporters.
In the affidavit, Malema went on to explain the disconnect, commenting that:
"Despite a better performance than in 2014, the 'Twitter world' result did not translate into the real world. This, also, with respect, should give the court proper perspective insofar as the complainants are concerned."
Democratic Alliance member and former Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, agreed with Malema. Zille is often criticised for her controversial views on the platform.
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