TimesLIVE Podcasts True Crime South Africa

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
Weekly English Explicit South Africa True Crime · News Narrated by Scott Peter Smith
295 Episodes
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Episode 157 The Murder of Octavia and Maximo Engelhorn

When Julia Engelhorn divorced her husband Mario, she had no idea that a spark of fury had been ignited within him which would soon lead to an explosion of pain and grief for her entire family. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support the show on…
30 Jun 1 hr 22 min

Episode 156 The Serial Crimes of Blessing Bveni

Table Mountain is an iconic destination for South Africans and tourists alike. The national park that stretches beyond its slopes form the perfect playground for hikers, trail runners, and cyclists. In October 2017, though, the peaceful mountain park became a hunting ground and both predator and prey were human. (24-hr…
16 Jun 52 min

Special: Human Trafficking - Part 2

True Crime South Africa Specials focus in on one specific true crime topic taking listeners on a deep dive. This special focuses on Human Trafficking (Part 2) - What is it? Who and where are the victims? Who are the perpetrators? (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon…
3 Jun 31 min

A Message from Me: Pod Update & JHB Book Launch

Just a quick message from me about what you can expect on the pod over the next week or two and an invite to join me at my JHB Book Launch at Exclusive Books Clearwater Mall on Thursday 6 June 2024. RSVP to exclusivebooks.com/events Instagram · Pinterest · Facebook ·…
3 Jun 1 min

Special: Human Trafficking - Part 1

True Crime South Africa Specials focus in on one specific true crime topic taking listeners on a deep dive. This special focuses on Human Trafficking (Part 1) - What is it? Who and where are the victims? Who are the perpetrators? (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon…
22 May 29 min

Companion Episode Original Sin

The Showmax Original documentary, Original Sin: My Son The Killer is a tragic and fascinating deep dive into the murder of Andrea Venter. In addition to the themes of domestic violence, stalking, and intimate partner murder, the documentary also explores a mother's pain in acknowledging the role she may have…
20 May 49 min

Companion Episode: Tracking Thabo Bester

The Showmax Original Tracking Thabo Bester took viewers behind the public furore around an escaped convict and the glamourous doctor who allegedly aided him. In this companion podcast, I speak with two of the contributors to this compelling docuseries (well, three, if you count me...) to take a deeper dive…
20 May 53 min

Episode 155 The Murder of Sonia Schwarz

In 1997, a shocking intimate partner murder shook the country. The victim had feared for her life and then been killed with an axe in her own home. The offender was known, but it would be the outcome of the case that, even today, is questionable. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447)…
13 May 40 min

Introducing the "So What?" Podcast

Introducing the "So What?" podcast If I say “Ruda Landman” I’m pretty sure that for most South Africans the Carte Blanche music and Sunday nights come to mind. For years, Ruda was, along with her colleagues at Carte Blanche, the source of hot topic reporting and important insights, and just…
5 May 1 min

Introducing We Filmed a Zoo

Introducing We Filmed a Zoo - Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Joburg Zoo? Dream Stream has collaborated with Joburg Zoo Friends to create, We Filmed a Zoo. This weekly show documents what’s happening at the Johannesburg Zoo. The show was created to help raise funds for…
5 May 1 min

Episode 154 The Taljaard Family Tragedy

In November 1992, the Taljaard family were settling down for the night in their home in Vereeniging, but not everyone on the property was getting ready for bed. Two figures stood in the shadows, waiting for their chance, and they were about to permanently alter the course of countless lives…
5 May 46 min

Episode 153 The Murder of Sasha-Leigh Crook (Bonus Interview with Steven Keogh)

In 2003, 8-year-old Sasha-Leigh Crook disappeared from her grandparents' garden. Nine days later her body was discovered, and a suspect was arrested almost immediately. Although justice seemed to have been served, questions still linger as to whether more could have been done by authorities to possibly save the child's life…
28 Apr 1 hr 09 min

Episode 152 A Serial Killer Among Us

In 1992, sex workers began disappearing from the streets of Parow. By 1996 when a task team was assembled to investigate, 19 women had been murdered. Even after a likely suspect was identified, though, the case was far from solved. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa)…
23 Apr 42 min

Special: The Sex Offenders Register

True Crime South Africa Specials focus in on one specific true crime topic taking listeners on a deep-dive of around true crime topics. This special focuses on South Africa's Sex Offender Register - What is it? Where is it? Who can access it? (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show…
20 Apr 24 min

Episode 151 The Serial Crimes of Chris Nel

When a new resident moves to Upington in 1997, no one knows much about his background. Then, the women of the area start experiencing horrific acts of violence, and it becomes evident that there is a predator among them. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447) (Support the show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/truecrimesa) (Support…
17 Apr 31 min

Episode 150 The Murder of Isaac Miggels

When a young boy goes to visit his grandmothers on a farm for the December holidays, his parents believe he is safe from the evils of the city. They could have no idea, that danger in the most unexpected form was already waiting for him there. (24-hr trauma helpline 082-821-3447)…
14 Apr 41 min
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