- Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has denied rumours that hackers managed to get their hands on her nude photos
- The Minister hosted a media briefing shortly after her WhatsApp was hacked and claiming nothing untoward would be found
- However, Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile van Damme is not as convinced that those responsible hadn't found any dirt on the politician
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Communication and Digital Technology Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams recently held a media briefing in Pretoria. It was claimed that the hackers would only find 'naughty' messages between Ndabeni-Abrahams and her husband.
Despite social media being abuzz with rumours that nude photos of the minister would be leaked, Ndabeni-Abrahams denied this, commenting that:
“Surely you will find naughty messages between myself and my husband in those WhatsApp messages because we do communicate. I doubt there is anything illegal, unless you interpret me flirting with my husband as an illegal issue.”
The minister claimed that the attacks on her personally are no longer surprising, continuing to say that:
“I am a politician, an activist and a public figure, so therefore there may be conflict in how I do my work - but of course I wouldn’t be shocked."
The politician attempted to put on a brave face, brushing off the invasion of her privacy:
“I am Stella Ndabeni at the end of the day. I’ve always been challenged and attacked. It’s just exciting now because it’s in the media. To me, the attacks are nothing new. It's something I am used to as a politician.”
However, Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile Van Damme wasn't convinced, claiming that this was a tactic:
“This press conference to announce nothing really is a tactic often used in crisis [communication] to build the narrative that an incumbent is competent. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has faced a slew of corruption allegations, and there is possibly a major storm coming."
The opposition member claimed that the M=minister's body language had betrayed her true feelings:
“I’ve seen Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams speak many times. She smiles throughout. Displays full confidence. This here is someone scared and stressed."
Van Damme also wasn't impressed by the way Ndabeni-Abrahams brushed off corruption allegations made against her.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Communication and Digital Technologies had confirmed that Ndabeni-Abrahams' WhatsApp account had been infiltrated.
The suspects remain unknown with an investigation into the matter launched by the relevant authorities.
The department reminded the nation that this kind of behaviour remains illegal, including the distribution of information obtained through this method.
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