‘I had flirty messages, but no nudes’: Ndabeni-Abrahams on WhatsApp hack

‘I had flirty messages, but no nudes’: Ndabeni-Abrahams on WhatsApp hack

‘I had flirty messages, but no nudes’: Ndabeni-Abrahams on WhatsApp hack

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has laughed off suggestions that hackers have hold of her ‘intimate pictures’, after her WhatsApp account was targeted.

South African  Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams didn’t beat around the bush when it came to addressing her ‘WhatsApp mishap’ this week. The Cabinet member confirmed that her account had been hacked on Monday, but gave us all a candid update during today’s 4IR briefing…

STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS WHATSAPP HACK – WHAT WAS ON HER PHONE?

According to Ndabeni-Abrahams, she won’t be losing sleep over the information that was taken from her phone. She concedes there were a few ‘naughty messages’ exchanged between her and the husband, but categorically denied there were any ‘nude photos’ stored on her WhatsApp: The minister argued that everything – including her flirty texts – is above board…

“Surely you will find naughty messages between myself and my husband in those WhatsApp messages because we do communicate. But there was nothing ‘illegal’ to speak of – unless you interpret me flirting with my husband as illegal!”

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

SOUTH AFRICA’S 4IR BLUEPRINT

The minister announced the release of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Commission Report for public consumption on Tuesday. This comes after Cabinet last month approved the report, which was handed to Cyril Ramaphosa in August.

President Ramaphosa appointed members of the Presidential Commission on 4IR in 2019, which was set up to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution. The commission recommended that the government incentivise future industries, platforms, and application technologies. Ndabeni-Abrahams remarked:

“Our 4IR plan is not just about technology but ours is about the people who must utilise the technology in order to change their social and economic status. Among the things that we are talking about is the need to re-industrialise the electronics industry. We’re talking of jobs being lost due to COVID-19, but the pandemic has helps us confront the basis of the 4IR.”

“In most cases in South Africa, we are consumers. We do not have tablets that are produced in this country, we do not TV sets that are produced in this country… nor do we produce software: It’s high time we invest in this, not only for our economic benefit as South Africa, but we can add our own character and also protect what we want to participate in.”

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

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