True Crime

A Crime Most Queer

16 EPISODES | VAMAZING |  Podcast, ±57 min episode every 4 weeks
A Crime Most Queer explores crimes either committed by or against members of the South African Queer community. Nj Hourquebie delves into true stories of murder, assault, victimisation and hate crimes involving LGBTQ people in South Africa. With each episode, he looks into the backgrounds of each of the players, how their paths crossed so tragically, and what makes these cases “queer”, as in both relating to their LGBTQ-connections and the twists and kinks that make them particularly bizarre.

Babies Behind Bars

2 EPISODES | CLIFFCENTRAL.COM |  Series, ±18 min episode total time 36 min
Having combed the country’s crime landscape of shootouts, murders, brutal killings, rape cases and suicides... Romy Titus had encountered it all as a hard news journalist. But nothing she had previously experienced compared to how her heart felt seeing innocent young infants and toddlers locked up for crimes they did not commit. Years later she started an NGO to assist these mothers to raise their children and ensure that while they are behind bars, they’re as happy and healthy as they can be. This podcast tells the stories of some of these women - how they ended up pregnant and in prison, and the experience of having their babies behind bars.

Justice for Kopano

5 EPISODES | MULTIMEDIALIVE |  Series, ±21 min episode total time 1 hr 48 min
An investigation into the death of 10-year-old Kopano Molelekedi and the cold case against her killer.

Kopano Molelekedi was hit by a speeding car on the busy Albertina Sisulu road in Florida, Roodepoort on September 6, 2018. She was crossing the road to her home in Jerusalem informal settlement. The driver of the vehicle took her to Pennyville Park in Soweto where she died at Noordgesig Clinic.

Despite numerous witnesses, the perpetrator has still not been caught. Sunday Times journalist Alex Patrick and podcast producer Paige Muller investigate the case.

Taura Hako Podcast

2 EPISODES | TAURA HAKO PODCAST NETWORK |  Podcast, ±1 hr 17 min episode every 3 days
Hosted by Tray and Taps, Taura Hako is a raw and unfiltered Zimbabwean Podcast that examines our society as it currently stands, we take a deep dive each episode looking at what motivates people to do the things they do, good and bad!

True Crime South Africa

104 EPISODES | MULTIMEDIALIVE |  Podcast, ±48 min episode every 1 week
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

Wicked Crimes South Africa

9 EPISODES | WICKED CRIMES SOUTH AFRICA |  Podcast, ±38 min episode every 1 week
Wicked Crimes South Africa is a true crime podcast that focuses on South African crimes with a connection to the occult, or a supernatural twist.

This podcast is hosted by Jan Bence, that researches the cases to the absolute possible extend, using media reports, actual official documents, and sometimes even psychic's willing to help out in cases.

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