Pigspotter docket sent back to police

2010-10-12 09:56

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has sent Twitter traffic celebrity Pigspotter’s docket back to the police for further investigation, his lawyer said today.

“We are optimistic about the DPP’s response. However, we still await their final decision,” lawyer Karl Schuler said.

The Johannesburg Metro Police laid a charge against Pigspotter in September for warning motorists about speed traps, on the social networking site Twitter.

The Twitter user, who faced charges of crimen injuria and obstructing and defeating the ends of justice, made representations to the DPP through his lawyer about three weeks ago.

“The Director of Public Prosecutions has informed us the matter will be referred back to the police for further investigation,” said Schuler.

In the meantime, Pigspotter, whose identity has not been made public, continued with his tweets about “Police in Gauteng” – or PIGs – as he calls them.

When he started receiving media coverage, he had about 18 000 followers on twitter. That had increased to more than 24 000 by today.

Pigspotter, also known as Cliff, tweeted more than 80 times between 10am yesterday and 10am today.

One of these included an announcement that he was selling t-shirts for R100 with the words, “Have you hugged a P.I.G. today?”.

Brand and reputation analysis company Ornico said yesterday that he had received editorial coverage worth over half-a-million rand in one week.

His response on Twitter: “The party has only just begun. Watch this space.”

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