- 'Tracy Zille' rose to infamy after stirring controversy on social media with provocative racially-charged comments
- Now, an investigation has claimed that the person behind the controversial posts is an EFF official
- Anthony Matumba, employed by the Makhado Municipality, allegedly made money off of the site
Tracy Zille, an account on micro-blogging site Twitter, ruffled more than a few feathers with controversial racially-charged comments. The likes of Bonang Matheba and business tycoon Vusi Thembekwayo had been roped into the drama with the posts quickly going viral.
South Africans were left wondering about who the real owner of the account truly is and it appears some answers have been found.
Medium carried out their own investigation and linked the account to a government official, an Economic Freedom Fighters member to boot.
The site claimed that Anthony Matuma, currently working for the Makhado Municipality, was generating ad revenue from the page:
“In order to drive traffic to these sites and increase the ad revenue they generated, several Twitter accounts spammed links to the websites, mostly in reply to prominent Twitter personalities. One of these accounts, @TracyZille, quickly rose to dubious prominence due to the racist tweets it put out in late June 2020.”
Links to Matumba included company registration details with the CIPC, explained Medium:
“The company details, the website registration, and AdSense information and the sharing of links to these sites from his personal profile place Matumba at the centre of these websites, and the ultimate beneficiary of any revenue they generate.”
The site further questioned the conduct of the politician, wondering what the EFF itself would have to say about the situation.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a recent report implicated EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu in receiving funding from the now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank.
The funds were allegedly funnelled through companies owned by Brian Shivambu, Floyd's younger brother.
The report claimed that the allegedly stolen funding had been used to procure a luxury car and even an apartment in Gauteng.
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