BBC doccie comes under fire after Diepsloot residents denounce its validity [video]

A new BBC documentary about a rapist spreading HIV in Diepsloot has come into question after actors allege they were paid to tell lies.


My neighbour – the rapist, is a new BBC documentary that has caused the wrong kind of stirs.

Diepsloot residents have come out stating that its producers paid most of those featured in the documentary to make certain claims that drive its narrative.

What is the BBC documentary all about?

The documentary tells the grim story of Diepsloot, which it dubs as the one township in Johannesburg that is riddled with sex crimes.

In its description, BBC News defines the documentary as follows:

“Vigilantes are burning rapists to death in the South African township of Diepsloot, near Johannesburg. But even that will not stop them. For BBC Africa Eye, crime reporter Golden Mtika exposes on camera the faces of the township’s terrifying sexual predators.”

The trailer of the documentary shows horrific images of people accused of rape being burned alive on the wastelands of Diepsloot.

Golden Mtika narrates the documentary. He claims to be a longtime resident of the Diepsloot community.

He also claims to have been involved in David’s life from a very young age – the man who plays an integral role in the documentary.

David is a man who claims to have raped 24 people from Diepsloot. In an interview with Golden, David made his intentions very clear: he will not die alone.

David is living with HIV and he claims that he rapes people for the sole purpose of infecting them with the disease.

Actors involved in documentary allege that it is staged

Many of those who were interviewed in the documentary have come out to say that they were paid by producers to make claims that aren’t true.

David, the man who, in the documentary, claimed to be one of the most feared men in Diepsloot, came out saying that he was paid to act out the role of the rapist.

He has gone into hiding, stating that he fears for his life. BBC has since denied any wrongdoing and has defended the validity of its reports.