Hidden behind an inconspicuous username and handle, a Twitter user last week threatened HuffPost editor-at-large Ferial Haffajee in a direct message, saying she deserves "a bullet in the head".
In between spewing a range of obscene terms at Haffajee, the user, who goes by the name "Travor", told her she must "go back to Europe", because South Africa is "not [her] country".
Upon closer inspection of the user's timeline, it becomes apparent that "Travor" has made a number of racist tweets, also attacking white and coloured users. He or she also shares misogynistic pornographic images on the platform regularly.
Fuck u bitch— Travor🇿🇦 (@Mbuyazi04) June 15, 2018
Idiot is your parents who died with hiv bitch— Travor🇿🇦 (@Mbuyazi04) June 11, 2018
In a tweet at DA leader Mmusi Maimane, "Travor" accused former public protector Thuli Madonsela of favouring "all the white pig [sic]".
Because she favours all the white pig— Travor🇿🇦 (@Mbuyazi04) June 11, 2018
Sorry if u are one if them...vele anizazi ukuthi u are black, white , India etc...confused tribe...— Travor🇿🇦 (@Mbuyazi04) June 10, 2018
They can go back to India and Flourish that side not here in Africa...— Travor🇿🇦 (@Mbuyazi04) June 8, 2018
HuffPost contacted "Travor" on Twitter and put questions to him. He at first refused to comment, then provided a cellphone number "so we could text him our questions". The number does not exist.
Haffajee last year found herself the victim of a social media smear campaign for her reporting on state capture allegedly involving the controversial Gupta family, their business associates and state officials.
Scores of images were posted on social media linking Haffajee to the hashtag decrying #whitemonopolycapital (so-called "white monopoly capital"), some which labelled her a "presstitute" (media prostitute) and a lapdog of the Richemont chairman and South African billionaire Johann Rupert.
Leaked emails from within the Gupta business empire later revealed that this was part of an orchestrated paid media campaign to divert attention away from the family and discredit journalists reporting on widescale corruption allegedly involving them.