PigSpotter case docket sent to public prosecutor

2010-09-22 14:58

The case docket against PigSpotter, the Twitter member who tips off motorists about speed traps, has been sent to the national director of public prosecutions, Gauteng police said today.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Jerbes De Bruyn said: “The docket is not with us any more at Sophiatown Police Station. It has been sent to the director of public prosecutions.”

Meanwhile, followers of PigSpotter on the social networking site Twitter has grown to 17 959 and the tweets keep coming.

“Coppers at fountains in Pretoria going into Sunnyside 80km/h,” he tweeted as he continued to inform motorists about speed traps in Gauteng.

As of today at 2pm, PigSpotter, also known as Cliff, not only had thousands of Twitter followers, but the PigSpotter group started on the social networking site Facebook had 950 members.

On September 17, Gauteng Metro Police opened a case of crimen injuria against PigSpotter at the Sophiatown Police Station. He is also facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and defamation of character.

Justice Project South Africa, who have been vocal on PigSpotter’s actions, described them in earlier reports as “morally, legally and socially reprehensible”.

The organisation said in a statement: “If we could get hold of the ‘PigSpotter’ we would correct his misconceptions and engage in an education process with him and his followers.”

Commenting on roadblocks which are “designed to check the roadworthiness of vehicles and drivers, including, but not limited to, alcohol and drug testing operations”, the organisation said they were “a vital tool in combating road fatalities”.

Up until September 15, PigSpotter was informing motorists about roadblocks around Johannesburg.

He has since stopped roadblock alerts over concerns that he could be tipping off drunk drivers and criminals, but he is still alerting motorists about speed traps.

A tweet on September 17 read: “@kojobaffoe What part of ‘I do not report on roadblocks’ do you not understand? Police need to catch drunk drivers, criminals, and so on.”

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