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Police in Johannesburg are investigating a man who's been using Twitter to warn motorists about speed traps and other police activity.

PigSpotter, as he calls himself, has now agreed to stop tweeting the location of road blocks but vowed to continue posting speed trap information. He also posts traffic congestion reports, and info about out of action traffic lights and accidents.

Police spokesman Wayne Minnaar told News24 that PigSpotter, or Cliff, was definitely acting illegally. He said: "He will be arrested even if he stops tweeting now. He can be charged with obstructing or defeating justice."

Cliff's Twitter account now has 10,500 followers

PigSpotter told a talk radio station that his name was meant as a joke and that speed traps were supposed to be visible, so they could not be considered secret. He agreed to stop tweeting after six o'clock and stop revealing the location of road blocks.

He said his main beef with the police was hidden speed traps and corrupt police demanding bribes. The station offered him a weekly spot to discuss police corruption.

The police claim they can nick him for obstruction of justice and that they're on his trail.

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