Alleged sex blogger faces 'string of charges'

By Time of article published Jul 24, 2007

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By Caryn Dolley

Juan Duval Uys, the man suspected of posing as a male prostitute and claiming to have had sex with a number of prominent South Africans, is expected to face "a long string of charges".

Uys, 39, was likely to arrive in Cape Town on Tuesday from Kroonstad where he was arrested on Saturday.

On Monday Andre Snyman, founder of the crime-fighting website eBlockwatch, which helped with the investigation into Uys over a number of months, said Uys was expected to face a long list of charges.

Police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana said he could not confirm the charges Uys faces.

But Snyman said there was "quite a lot of stuff including pending cases" against Uys, who used various aliases.

"Many people gave us information and their suspicions over a few months and we handed this over to police."

Snyman said he had also been in contact with prominent people Uys is believed to have "outed" in a web blog in which he apparently masqueraded as Skye, a sex worker.

Snyman said Independent Democrats Cape Town mayoral committee member for economic development and tourism Simon Grindrod, one of about 50 prominent people Skye claimed to have had sex with, had also contacted him and was eager to know what would happen to Uys.

Grindrod lodged a crimen injuria and fraud complaint with police relating to his name being posted on the blog.

It was also believed Uys was behind Crimexposouthafrica website which urged potential tourists to boycott the country until the government had acted against crime.

"We want anyone with any information about irregular activities regarding this man to contact us," Snyman said.

He said police travelling from Gauteng would bring Uys from Kroonstad to Cape Town.

Uys's next court date would be decided once he arrived. He was arrested in his mother's Kroonstad home on an arrest warrant relating to a fraud complaint registered at the Table Bay Harbour police station.

"We got an address in Kroonstad and passed the information on. Uys appeared in court on Monday to get his warrant of arrest transferred to Cape Town," Gauteng police spokesperson Eugene Opperman said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111, or visit the website www.eblockwatch.co.za.

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