The former South African president, Jacob Zuma has officially opened a twitter account – @PresJGZuma

The former president posted his first tweet early on Friday – a video introducing himself to his followers (which ended with “It’s me… former president Jacob Zuma” in case it wasn’t clear).

Zuma says he wants to move with the times and join the platform that is deemed important for conversations… especially since there seem to be many about him.

“I have decided to move with times to join this important area of conversation because I hear that many people are talking about me, as well as others are calling themselves Zuma in many ways. I’ve felt it is necessary that I should join in and be part of the conversation and join the people in their discussions,” says Zuma.

The former president also thanked followers for the warm welcome he received and said “I look forward to engaging with you.”

In his second tweet, Zuma took the opportunity to let followers know that a tweet claiming to be raising money for him (after the ruling yesterday that the former president must pay for his own legal fees)  was false.

Zuma’s twitter account already has more than 23,000 followers (and climbing fast).

Twitter has of course already reacted: