True Crime South Africa

True Crime South Africa is the first victim-focused true-crime podcast in the country.

Host, Nicole Engelbrecht, researches each case herself using media coverage, trial footage, social media sources and often by talking to some of the individuals involved. Using her skills as a creative writer and her passion for true crime, she crafts each script to ensure that listeners are given a deep dive into the case mechanics as well as an understanding of the victims as human beings.

The podcast covers both solved and unsolved South African true crime cases. The unsolved cases are often cold cases which can benefit from awareness being brought to them. This concept has been used in the US for many years and to great success. The listenership formed around true crime podcasts becomes a community that advocates for victims and resolution for families. South African victims now have their own voice too.

True Crime South Africa publishes weekly, alternating between full-length case episodes and shorter minisodes which discuss true crime cases that are currently in the media. The podcast launched on the 22nd of June 2019 and is making waves in the South African podcast community. On the True Crime South Africa social media pages, South African true crime fans finally have a place to call home where they can express their views on cases and discuss the details with like-minded people.

True Crime South Africa is published in conjunction with Arena Holdings, publishers of TimesLIVE, BusinessLIVE, and SowetanLIVE. 

Keywords: crime, true crime, murder, abduction, South Africa, police, law and order

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23
JUL

Episode 55 - The Murder of Sandra Malcolm

In April 2015, 18-year-old Sheree Prince left Citrusdal for Cape Town. There, the shy and withdrawn teenager would embark on a crime spree that would end with the horrific murder of a defenseless elderly woman (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
16
JUL

Spotlight Minisode: Update - Episode 51

This week we use the Spotlight minisode platform to share some updates in the murder of Leslie Cilliers which we covered in Episode 51 (Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/cop-killer) (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) Sign Roxanne's Petition · Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
09
JUL

Episode 54 - The Angel of Vanderbijlpark

In 2002, police descended on the home of Marietjie Prinsloo, and the woman who had been dubbed, "The Angel of Vanderbijlpark" was about to be unmasked for what she really was. The investigation into her crimes would lead to the longest cumulative prison sentence in South African history. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
25
JUN

Spotlight Minisode Child Abuse in South Africa

In this spotlight minisode we discuss child abuse in South Africa and what can and is being done to get help to children that need it. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) (https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/what-child-abuse) Indicators of Child Abuse · Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
18
JUN

Episode 53 - The Murder of Shamonique Claasen

On the 27th of February 2016, 10-year-old Shamonique Claasen disappeared without a trace. When her body is discovered the investigation will uncover a trail of domestic violence that led to the ultimate horror (Enter our giveaway: https://king-online.co.za/tcsa-competition) (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa)
11
JUN

Spotlight Minisode 30

In today's spotlight minisode we explore three cases that are in the media right now: the murder of Yolandi Botes, the murder of Naadira Vanker, and the ongoing trial of serial murderer and rapist, Xolani Sojada. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) (Redrum True Crime: https://open.spotify.com/show/1FCoeRZQeDkEJ5i8bGuFpy) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
04
JUN

Interview: Mark Shaw - Author of Give Us More Guns

In today's episode, I speak to Mark Shaw, the author of the new book, Give Us More Guns. The book reveals how South Africa's gangs were armed and pulls back the curtain on the links between organized crime and so many other facets of our society (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa)
30
MAY

Episode 52 - Part 4: The Van Breda Family Murders

In this final part of episode 52, we reveal the blood evidence that spoke on behalf of the victims and consider what may have really happened in the Van Breda home that night. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Enter the King Online Giveaway: https://king-online.co.za/tcsa-competition) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal · Enter the King Online Giveaway and Support the Show
14
MAY

Episode 52 Part 2: The Van Breda Family Murders

In part 1 of the Van Breda Family murders, three family members were killed murderer. In this episode, Marliby an axe-wielding van Breda clings to life, and we discuss the probability of the murders having been committed by intruders (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa)
07
MAY

Episode 52 - Part 1: The Van Breda Family Murder

On the 27th of January 2015, emergency services surrounded a home in the upmarket De Zalze estate in Stellenbosch. Inside they would find a family slaughtered with one young girl clinging to life and another family member walking around unharmed. In Part 1 of this episode, we explore the background of the Van Breda family and the events of that fateful morning. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
29
APR

Interview with Gerard Labuschagne: Author of The Profiler Diaries

In today's episode, I interview Gerard Labuschagne, former head of the Investigative Psychology Unit and author of The Profiler Diaries. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
17
APR

Episode 51 - Officer Down: The Murder of Leslie Cilliers

In July 2003, 38-year-old Leslie Cilliers was gunned down in cold blood while serving his community. Now 18 years later, his daughter continues to fight for justice for her father, despite his killers having been convicted (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support our Sponsor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlMByNo3g8M) (Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/petition-against-the-early-parole-of-cop-killer-xolani-kumalo-accomplices?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=custom_url&recruited_by_id=5ca2e380-dc30-11e8-b9d7-0b438b981f7c) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on PayPal https://www.paypal.me/truecrimesa) Sign the Petition · Watch Every Breath You Take · Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal

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