Pigspotter hires lawyer

2010-09-28 10:53

Twitter’s traffic celebrity Pigspotter has hired a lawyer and approached the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to have charges against him dropped.

The Twitter user, who faces trouble with the law for warning motorists about speed traps, is being represented by lawyer Karl Schuler.

“I can confirm that we’ve handed in representations to the DPP in Gauteng for them to make a decision as to whether to carry on with the matter,” Schuler said.

“We’ve requested them not to institute prosecution.”

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga confirmed this.

Schuler, who said he would hold any information about Pigspotter’s identity “close to his chest”, was hired by the Twitter user who has raised the ire of law enforcement agencies.

Already boasting 20 716 followers on the social networking site Twitter, Pigspotter, also known as Cliff, tweets to tip motorists off about speed traps and road blocks.

The Metro Police opened a case of crimen injuria and obstructing and defeating the ends of justice at Sophiatown police station earlier this month.

Schuler said the DPP needed to decide whether a crime had in fact taken place.

Schuler asked: “The essence of the matter comes down to, has there been a crime committed?

Is it a crime to make information which is publicly available, available to the public?

“The root of this matter speaks to freedom of speech and the freedom to receive and impart information and ideas,” said Schuler.

He said the representations were handed in to the DPP on September 23.

He did not know when a decision would be made.

If the State decided to prosecute, Pigspotter would consider handing himself over.

“Yes, most certainly. We’ve played open cards,” said Schuler.

Mhaga said Pigspotter’s docket was “still under consideration with a view as whether anyone can be prosecuted“.

He said he could not “commit to time frames” as to when a decision would be made.

Today, Pigspotter continued to do provide updates on his Twitter profile.

Pigspotter has an innocent explanation for the term “pig” he uses to describe metro cops – according to him, it is an abbreviation for Police in Gauteng. 

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