A Twitter account linked to a member of the EFF from Makhado, Limpopo, exploited racial tensions to monetise traffic to his website.
A South African local government official posing as a racist white woman on Twitter posted several racially incendiary tweets that were designed to spark outrage. The furore generated by these tweets was used to funnel users to at least three of his websites, where he hoped to net an income off the back of the outrage caused by his tweets.
Anthony Matumba, employed by the Makhado Local Municipality in the northern province of Limpopo, is also a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), well known for its outspoken views on racism and racial inequality. Matumba has registered multiple websites in his name, which he monetised using Google's AdSense.
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.
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