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
OCT

Episode 61 - The Serial Crimes of David Mmbengwa

Between 1996 and 1998 a serial predator was stalking Thohoyandou, Limpopo. He started out with murders framed as robberies, but soon moved on to his real target young lovers meeting up for secret trysts (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
15
OCT

Spotlight Minisode 37

Focus on femicide and female victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is often significant, but when the victim is a man, it’s difficult to get the public and sometimes even the justice system to treat the crime with the same level of seriousness.
In this week’s spotlight minisode, we discuss the recent second season of Deon Wiggett’s podcast, My Only Story. The investigative podcast is uncovering the predatory actions of paedophiles within the South African school system and shedding light on just how many young boys and men having their lives devastated by sexual grooming and abuse.
In this minisode, we also discuss the recent murder of Liezel de Jager and an incident in which a disagreement over rent resulted in murder (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) (Listen to Coffee and Cases: https://open.spotify.com/show/6UiKK3e8hgB2qPTML1fPQB) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
08
OCT

Episode 60 - The Lotter Family Murders

On the 19th of June 2008, a young man stumbled into Westville police station to report that his girlfriend's parents were dead in their home. The investigation into his claims would unravel one of the strangest and most tragic stories South Africa and seen (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
01
OCT

Spotlight Minisode 36

In this week's minisode we discuss a family murder in Oranjeville, the conviction of baby Orderick Lucas' murderer, and the escape from custody of Mohammed Nasir, who is accused of murdering his wife and 8-month-old baby (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) (Use TCSA10 for 10% discount at King Online and Print Crowd) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
01
OCT

Spotlight Minisode 36

In this week's minisode we discuss a family murder in Oranjeville, the conviction of baby Orderick Lucas' murderer, and the escape from custody of Mohammed Nasir, who is accused of murdering his wife and 8-month-old baby (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) (Use TCSA10 for 10% discount at King Online and Print Crowd) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
24
SEP

Episode 59 - The Murder of Gill Packham

On the 22nd of February 2018, the night sky around Diep Rivier train station was lit up with the embers of a burning vehicle. Emergency personnel would find the body of a female in the boot of the car. How she came to be there was a matter of betrayal of the worst kind. (Support our Sponsors: https://www.printcrowd.co.za/) (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 our Sponsors · Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
16
SEP

Spotlight Minisode 35

In this week's spotlight minisode we cover the efforts of a group of Hermanus residents in stamping out GBV in their community. We also take a first look at the ongoing case regarding the rape and murder of a minor we're calling Baby A, and finally, we discuss the alleged crimes of Rosemary Ndlovu. (Support HospiceWits: https://hospicewits.co.za/2021/09/07/hospicewits-partners-with-polofields-crossing-again-for-the-spring-book-fair/) (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 HospiceWits · Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal
10
SEP

Episode 58 - The Murder of Sinoxolo Mafevuka

On the 2nd of March 2016, a young boy on his way to school discovered the body of a woman in a communal toilet. The investigation that followed would highlight many of the deep inequities in our society and leave a family desperate for answers (Support our Sponsor: https://www.printcrowd.co.za/) (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 · Support our Sponsor
04
SEP

Spotlight Minisode Serial Offender Sentence Analysis

Serial rapist, Thokozani Jiyane, was recently sentenced to eight life sentences plus 223 years for his crimes. What does this sentence actually mean, though? In this minisode, we analyze this sentence with help from BDK Attorneys (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
27
AUG

Episode 57 - The Mystery of Meadowbrook Doe

In 2012, a contractor doing renovations uncovered skeletal remains under a pool that was installed in 1989. The investigation would lead to many different theories and even speculation that one of South Africa's most infamous criminals may be involved in the death of Meadowbrook Doe (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 Patreon
20
AUG

Spotlight Minisode 33

In this week's spotlight minisode we look at updates in the cases of Yolandi Botes, Susan Rohde, Rameez Patel, and the three deaths at the home of property developer Theo Kleynhans. (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) (Listen to the Devilsdorp companion podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4U3sk7JXDstwXUMfVAsUeB) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal · Listen to the Devilsdorp Podcast
13
AUG

Episode 56 - The Serial Crimes of Bongani Mfeka

In 1995, women were being found strangled to death in Kranskop, Kwazulu-Natal, some clever police work would result in an arrest and our introduction to a serial murderer who seemed to break all the rules (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) (Listen to Devilsdorp the Podcast: https://iono.fm/c/6598) Support the Show on Patreon · Support the Show on PayPal

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