Dr Gialda del Fabbro holding a book and pen

South Africa's biggest grand thefts - true-crime stories told by people with intimate knowledge of the cases.

Die Roof-dossiere is a gripping new true-crime show on the Afrikaans lifestyle channel VIA (DStv channel 147) and streaming live on DStv Now, that explores the biggest grand thefts in South African history – a topic never before explored on South African television.         

Each story is told through the narrative of people with intimate knowledge of the case, from crime experts such as the forensic psychologist Dr. Giada Del Fabbro to those who were close to all the action. This true-crime series starts Thursday 26 October at 20:30 and offers a rare glimpse into the country’s biggest heists, robberies and white-collar crimes.

Here is a preview of some of the thrilling episodes that viewers can look forward to.

Episode one (Thursday 26 October)

The series kicks off with an account of the O.R. Tambo Airport heist during which a gang of 24 robbers stole more than R100 million in foreign currency from a flight arriving at O.R. Tambo from London. This inside job was plotted in cahoots with employees working for the airports company. Following the heist police swiftly captured two robbers which led to a domino effect and the other gang members were arrested in short procession. The money recovered and placed in a police safe was subsequently stolen by police members.

Episode two (Thursday 2 November)

The second episode deals with the intense six-month period during which ATMs at shopping malls and petrol stations were bombed by a gang of 12 men using industrial explosives.

Episode three (Thursday 9 November)

The third episode deals with the notorious Collen Chauke whose highly trained gang of MK soldiers targeted cash-in-transit vehicles.

Other episodes will look at criminals such as con artist Maureen Clifford-Bosch, the crooked lawyers Juan Hattingh, real-estate fraudster Wendy Machanik, the online hacker Alistair Peterson and the diamond thief Michael van Rensburg.

Die Roof-dossiere starts Thursday 26 October at 20:30. New episodes air every Thursday at 20:30 with repeats on Saturdays at 20:00 on VIA DStv Channel 147, and streaming live on DStv Now.

by Alice da Silva