Human Rights Commission could take #TracyZille to court



The person behind a controversial twitter account could be charged to court this week.

Last week, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) identified the person behind one “Tracy Zille” Twitter account who was accused of hate speech.

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said before it takes the person to the Equality Court, it will ensure that the necessary facts and information are correct.

The real name of the person was not confirmed.

Commissioner Chris Nissen on Tuesday said the DA lodged a complaint over the account, which shares the same surname as that of the former party leader “Helen Zille”.

Nissen explained that the commission had to make use of a “tracing agency” which revealed the identity of the person behind the account.

He said “the office wants to make sure all the facts and information received from the tracing agent are correct”.

Nissen also added that the commission will hold an internal meeting on Thursday to conclude on all the documentation before they take the matter to court.

In July, the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) claimed that twitter account @TracyZille was used to drive traffic  to at least three websites to gain profits from it.

The contents posted on the twitter account were controversial which caused outrage on social media.

However, the person revealed by the DFRLab to be behind the account denied the claims.


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