MTN Africa has dissociated itself from circulating images on the social media of condoms branded in its name and colour. The digital telephony system provider, through its senior public relations and internal communications manager, Bridget Bhengu, said in a statement that "Our attention has been drawn to a photograph of an MTN-branded contraceptive currently making the rounds on various social media platforms. MTN does not manufacture condoms and we disassociate ourselves from any communication or pictures posted on social media that suggests otherwise".
Bhengu said it was not the first time the network provider has had to defend itself from these allegations which first surfaced six months ago. Ghana and Nigeria also experienced the problem when the images became widespread in West Africa. The company's Ghana office went as far as releasing a statement dissociating itself from the image and also launching an investigation into the matter.
Bhengu could not indicate whether the images were photo-shopped or whether they were actual condoms.