Crime Site Makes Everyone Go “Eeek”


SA Logue feels obliged to note the fact that, on the day of Germany’s World Cup handover to South Africa, the pressure on crackpots to cash in on 2010 is becoming almost unbearable, and many are starting to succumb.

They’re also unbearable, unfortunately – the crackpots, I mean. Consider the case of one Neil Watson. He has decided to grace our local blogosphere with the equivalent of a celebrity website for criminal acts. In what amounts to electronic vigilantism, he has made it his purpose in life to ambush the 2010 organizing team, the SA government, and fairly well anyone else who dares to consider South Africa in a positive light.

Watson’s move would actually be welcomed if his site contained cautionary advice – for let’s not kid ourselves, South Africa is plagued by high levels of crime. It’s equally true, however, that by taking the normal, sensible precautions one would take anywhere while on holiday, tourists can have a wonderful visit here, and return home much enriched. But Watson’s blog is pure, lurid gore – yellow in every respect – whose only purposes are fearmongering and discouragement. (Not to forget profiteering – he accepts ads on his blog.)

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Compare it to, say, Hellkom.co.za, which also targets a soft spot in the SA psyche – our telephone monopoly, Telkom. Apart from being much better designed, and much less monomaniacal, Hellkom also provides constructive tips on how to avoid Telkom’s clutches. It’s a great blog, which considers the full picture while taking the requisite potshots.

SA Logue is a reluctant linker in this case, but here’s where you can find out more on Watson’s folly (including a recklessly legitimizing piece from Reuters, of all news services). The third link is to his blog:

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10 thoughts on “Crime Site Makes Everyone Go “Eeek”

  • Thomas

    Hi, you refer to Watson’s site as a blog. It is not a blog. It is simply a site with a few static webpages. Thank you

  • James

    I submitted an email to the Neil Watson’s web site. Of course it was not shown on the web site because I disagreed with him. However, he did reply personally and we have exchanged a couple of views.

    However,I find I cannot log into his site today. Is this because he is upgrading it or because someone has shut the web site down?

    Hopefully the second reason.

  • Malan

    I started a website countering Neil Watson’s site. Go to http://www.truecrimexpo.co.za and tell me what you think about it! I don’t deny that SA has a high crime rate, but by stopping tourists and foreign investment you’ll not reduce crime. I also don’t believe it’s so ‘deadly’ for tourists here e.g. In 8 years not a single Aussie tourist was killed in SA – 158 died in other countries. I have lots of statistics on my website that gives some perspective in this debate about crime.

  • Bulelani

    If you did’nt believe that some of the stories on Watson’s site are bogus then have load of this credible complaint!!

    “PRETORIA – I write on behalf of the Old Mutual Property Group, property manager for Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.
    I have read with horror the statement posted on September 11 2006 headed : WARNING : Increase in rape at Upmarket Shopping Mall. The story relates to a reported rape attack at the mall.

    Reports of this nature are taken very seriously as we pride ourselves in offering safe and secure environments. In addition we have employed a major security team who are on the floor 24 hours a day making sure the environment is safe. We also have over 200 cameras making sure all areas are covered.

    When I first read this report, I checked with both our security and three police stations in the area to see if anything of this nature had been reported and we can find nothing. If this incidence did occur, it has not been reported to either management, the security or the police.

    If this has occurred at Menlyn Park, we would like to investigate the case and ensure that not only does it never happen again, but ensure that action is taken”.

    Jill Wilmans

    Old mutual Property Group : Marketing Manager

    Jwilmans@oldmutual.com
    021 530 4604

    Old Mutual Property Group (Pty) Ltd. Reg.
    No.1996/011259/07. A subsidiary of Old Mutual plc.

    Directors: Mr T Dloti (Chairman), Mr B M Kodisang (Managing
    Director), Mr P J Golesworthy (British), Mr P A Levett, Mr M Patel,
    ASB Pearse (Executive), Mr I D R Watt (Executive)

  • Bulelani2

    I can understand someone not agreeing with the methods employed by http://www.crimexposouthafrica.org, i can also understand being opposed to some of the people who see that website as their only voice in the world. What I dont understand is how anyone can deny that there is a crime problem at all? To just say “its not that bad” – Yeah right till it happens to you.

  • Andre

    (Not to forget profiteering – he accepts ads on his blog.)

    …lol. The kettle calling the pot black. You have Google Ads on your website too. You too are making money.

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