So after everyone has thoroughly enjoyed themselves defaming Juan Duval Uys up and down the South African Blogosphere and in media publications, it turns out that the state has NO EVIDENCE against him.
This does not come as a surprise to me at all.
On July 23 2007, Carol Amos of eBlockWatch contacted me via email asking me if I had any "evidence" against Juan Duval Uys.
I gave her the following reply via email:
Juan Uys is gonna walk.
If all they have as evidence of fraud is "receiving donations from the public", it will be thrown out.
Arresting him for alleged fraud of R250 is ridiculous. R250? Are you kidding?
That’s the only charge I’ve seen reported. If he has been harrassing [Andre] Snyman [also of eBlockWatch], I haven’t seen him charged with that (yet).
I think he could sue the police for arresting him, and the media for linking him to the blog, without any evidence.
I’m amazed at the media printing this slander about him without any firm basis.
If someone asks for donations on their web site, it’s only fraud if it is represented that the donations are for a specific purpose (other than keeping the site going) and then they are not used for that purpose. I don’t know what his web site said to elicit donations (if it did indeed do that).
It seems likely to me that the person made the R250 donation specifically so that they could then lay a charge. In that case, they knew beforehand (or at least strongly suspected) that they were giving a donation to a person for them to dispose of as they wished. And that is not fraud. Fraud involves deception.
I think this is a very weak case so far. Let’s see if they have anything of substance to bring. Otherwise he has a case for false arrest.
My message to all the bloggers out there who jumped on the bandwagon and vilified Juan Uys without having any evidence or proof for their allegations is this:
YOU are the kinds of bloggers who ought to be shut down. You are exactly the problem. As much as SA male prostitute was criticised for publishing information whose truth was in doubt, so did YOU.
Andre Snyman of eBlockWatch claimed that Uys had been harassing him telephonically since December 2006. No evidence. Sorry, Snyman, but I just don’t believe you. I suspect you made it all up to get your name in print and to focus a little bit of attention on eBlockWatch which seems to be an organisation of dubious worth. I say that because your actions seem to be nothing more than misguided vigilantism. You have shown no restraint in blackening a man’s name without any good reason to do so. You ought to deliver a public apology to Juan Duval Uys.
All of you who have vilified Uys owe him a public apology.
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