A Twitter user has become known in South Africa for alerting the public to police speed traps
A controversial Twitter user has been challenging South African authorities by alerting thousands of followers to speed traps set by traffic police.
Now the Johannesburg police are pushing back, saying they have charged the @PigSpotter Twitter user with defamation, impairing the dignity of another person and "defeating the ends of justice," according to Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Wayne Minaar. He declined to name the person who has been charged or provide documentation of the charges.
"It is an obstruction of justice because we have a mandate to maintain order, and so we do set up traps to catch people who are breaking the law," said Zweli Mnisi, a spokesman for the Ministry of South African Police. "The information that is there can compromise the safety of the community."
Minaar said the charges were filed against the Twitter user on Friday.