South African police hunt Twittering speedcam spy
Not much on lads?
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.
The relevant page - but be warned, it includes a picture of a lady in her undercrackers - is here. ®
Yeah because a a corrupt policeman who would take a bribe would in no way fabricate evidence to make innocent people look guilty would he?
Guilty or not, you're paying
Recently I went back home for a trip to see friends and family for two months. Good times were had and I was pleased to see how enthusiastic the country was about the upcoming world cup.
One night a mate and I went out for a drink in Jozi (Jo'burg) to meet a friend who lived out there. We are both from Cape Town so aren't familiar with the roads and areas of Jozi. Being in different surroundings always makes you a little nervous which would prove to cost us later.
After have one beer over the course of an hour (Amstel 330cl bottle) we drove back to my brothers house where we were to spend the night.
Along the way there was a road block and we got pulled over. My mate was driving and was asked what he was doing on the roads at 1230am. He said we'd met a friend and had a drink. Big mistake. Out came the breathalyzer and he was told he was over the limit. Ignorance was not on our side when he said the limit was 0.15 and he had blown 0.16. The officer would also not let us see the reading or get retested.
After he threatened us with 2 nights in jail because it was the weekend and we could only be processed on Monday, he said "so what now". Obviously this was our que to cough up. R400 later we were allowed to drive off foaming at the mouth knowing we'd been done in by the very people employed to serve and protect.
I suggest the commentard who recommends obeying the rules of the road doesn't go to my homeland because even his squeaky clean driving will be punished, especially if the officer hears you're from out of town...
This is why people like pigspotter exist back home.
"Especially if your in a country where corrupt police just use traps to turn an extra buck"
Are they're any countries that DON'T go on that list, except possibly Japan? I know in the states that at least 16 cities that I know of have gotten busted for doing things like setting up red-light cameras, then setting the yellow illegally short.