Pulane Lenkoe speaks out after her explicit images were leaked by ex-boyfriend and went viral on Twitter
Pulane Lenkoe was trending on Twitter for no fault of her. She is the ex-girlfriend of Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo who leaked her intimate images. The leaked images which are still trending on Twitter also sparked a serious and fierce Twitter debate on whether jilted lovers who expose their ex’s images should be criminally charged.
Pulane Lenkoe is South African and is currently studying law. Her inadvertent leaks have somehow caused her to be a minor celebrity with her account already gaining 33K followers after the leak.
Speaking about her ordeal to TimesNow, Lenkoe said that she was “literally shaking” and added that, “I don’t want to deal with this. I just want it to go away. I wish I could just wake up and somebody tells me it’s just a dream.” She went on to explain that she is someone who goes to church, and with Good Friday around the corner, she’s afraid that people will be looking at her “like some ****e”.
She said that her current boyfriend Ntshumayelo advised her to “let it go” however Pulane is taking the online barbs seriously.
While a local celebrity tweet :
I am guilty of searching for Pulane's nudes! pic.twitter.com/DeUt2qnfj9
— Siv Ngesi (@iamSivN) March 17, 2015
Social media law expert Emma Sadleir said Lenkoe should sue her ex for infringement of privacy and get a protection order the Protection from Harassment Act.
The online scuffle also meant that Twitter was blamed by many users for invasion of her privacy. It should be noted that just a week ago Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had admitted that the microblogging site “sucked” at dealing with abuse on the platform. Twitter has since introduced new rules to combat such kind of leaks by banning the posting of “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent”.
Lenkoe exasperatedly says, “People who have been following me [prior to this saga] know that I wouldn’t even put a picture of me in lingerie. That’s my punani for the world to see, why would I do that? I’m not that girl.”