UFOs hover over Joburg

2012-09-08 17:19

The skies above Johannesburg were alive with alien spacecraft this week – in fact, so many mysterious craft were spotted that a local UFO expert and several radio stations were bombarded with calls.

For lovers of the paranormal, the strange lights in the sky suggested otherwordly beings were in town.

But the reality was disappointingly earthly: Cartoon Network issued a statement on Tuesday revealing the UFOs were part of a “stunt event” to promote the new Ben 10 series.

The network also warned that UFOs would be hovering over the City of Gold until September 15.

Before Cartoon Network brought city skygazers crashing back down to earth, local UFO expert Cristo Louw told City Press that unidentified flying objects were spotted all over South Africa, all the time.

“In towns, cities, the middle of nowhere, over the sea ... pilots have reported sightings,” Louw said.

But UFO sightings are dramatically under-reported – Louw said probably only one in 10 sightings are made public, because “people fear being ridiculed”.

His job is to assess what UFOs might be: planes, helicopters, Chinese lanterns, flares or weather phenomena.

He does this by analysing an object’s movement in a bid to “eliminate known suspects”.

Louw gives feedback to people who’ve reported sightings.

He’s not on a mission to make people believe in other worlds, Louw insists: “I don’t try to convince people of anything.”

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