Jun 26, 2022

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PODCAST | When sharing is deadly: the murder of Abongile Mafalala

On May 31, 30-year-old e-hailing driver Abongile Mafalala accepted a ride request in Parkwood, near Grassy Park in the Western Cape. When he left home at 6 a.m. that morning, it was the last time his family saw him alive.

Listen to the story here:

As Abongile entered Parkwood, he found himself at the center of a social media and physical storm that has been brewing in the neighborhood for several days. Local residents had received reports of several attempted kidnappings of children in the area and suddenly Abongile was the subject of these allegations, unfounded rumors and a deadly mob mentality.

In this week’s spotlight, True Crime South Africa looks at this horrific case and how it could have been prevented.

We also discuss the sentencing of Ruan van Heerden, who murdered his mother and attempted to murder his father in 2020.< /p>

More episodes can be found here.

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