The Citizen newspaper reported on the weekend that Juan Uys, the head of the so-called Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GLA), and the man behind the Crime Expo website, is on the verge of being arrested.
According to the report, police confirmed that while they were investigating Uys in connection with the Crime Expo website, they were in the meantime planning to arrest him on other charges, namely “theft by false pretences”.
It is not known to what the charges relate, but police say that they have found an existing warrant for arrest against Uys which had been laid at the Table Bay police station. He has previously been in trouble with the law: the Mail and Guardian reported that in 1999 Uys was arrested in a sting operation by the Child Protection Unit – although it appears that he was ultimately not charged. It has been widely reported that he has also previously run gay brothels.
The GLA – which claimed to represent the gay community – was responsible for numerous outrageous statements and claims, which were often reported verbatim by the media. To date Uys has not provided any evidence showing that the GLA has any members other than himself.
More recently, the Crime Expo website caused an international stir when it controversially warned off tourists from visiting South Africa by highlighting sensational criminal incidents.
The website, which solicited money from the public, and sold advertising, has since been shut down. It claimed to be run by a Neil Watson, revealed to be an alias of Uys by The Citizen. Apparently the authorities have already questioned Uys in connection with the matter, and an investigation is under way.
In November last year, the Independent Democrat’s Simon Grindrod laid a charge with police against Uys in connection with the Crime Expo website.