BBC’s ‘Diepsloot Rapist’ Documentary: Where South African ‘Admits Spreading HIV To 24 Women’ – All We Know So Far

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BBC Stands By 'Diepsloot Rapist' Documentary – Where Man “Admits To Raping, Deliberately Spreading HIV 24 Women”
  • BBC Stands By ‘Diepsloot Rapist’ Documentary – Where South African Man “Admits To Raping, Deliberately Spreading HIV To 24 Women”
  • South Africa: ‘Serial Rapist’ Denies Documentary Claims

The BBC Africa has dismissed emerging claims that its documentary about an HIV-positive serial rapist on the prowl in Diepsloot‚ north of Johannesburg‚ South Africa was fabricated.

The now viral video – in which an HIV-positive man‚ David‚ admitted to raping more than 24 women to deliberately spread the disease – allegedly featured a cast of characters who were said to have been paid to act‚ believing they were in a drama series.

Watch video below: (WARNING: Graphic content – not for sensitive viewers)

In the documentary titled; My Neighbour – The Rapist , David can be heard saying…

“I’m HIV, so I want to spread the HIV. “No… I didn’t use any protection…I know I’m HIV positive so I want to spread that HIV. I feel good because I can’t die alone.”

“Yes, I was around 14 or 15 years old at the time, the police started to treat me like a wife, then have sex with me…so I learnt it from there and started doing it outside.”

BBC Reacts

“The BBC has reviewed its production of the film which fully complies with our editorial standards‚” the broadcaster said in an e-mail to TimesLIVE.

“There was no scripting of interviews and all interviewees provided accounts with full consent. It is completely untrue that any money was paid to contributors to take part in this documentary. We stand by our journalism‚” the company added.

David Denial

The man identified only as David in the BBC documentary My Neighbour – The Rapist has denied the allegations made in the viral video feature, claiming he was coerced by filmmaker Golden Mtika into saying he was a serial rapist, Drum reports.

Watch as David denies the allegations below

Speaking to Drum, David claims that Mtika paid him to invent the lies.

“That man said to me I must come up with a story because he has been covering murders. So I came up with the topic of rape, because he had done murders multiple times and he wanted something different. He then told me what to say. He had a script written on paper…he even read it to me first before we started shooting the documentary.”

The alleged serial rapist further said that he was under the impression that the documentary would not be broadcast in South Africa and that it was only going to be released in the UK.

He said: “Golden approached me…he told me we were doing a drama, and this drama wasn’t going to be released in SA but in Britain … So he told me that if it is accepted, he can pay me for it. So I asked him if this thing wouldn’t cause me a problem and he said no, it won’t reach South Africa.”

David insisted that Mtika directed him to claim he was a serial rapist and that he was paid R350 to do so.

“All those things that I say in the video are things Golden told me, all of them. I did it the way he wanted it done…even the white people said it was excellent.”

Diepsloot Stands With David

Diepsloot community committee members released a statement in contradiction to the BBC, alleging that Mtika and the committee had met with the people featured in the documentary, as well as with the police.

“After long hours of deliberation on fact finding we came to the conclusion that the video was reckless and unbecoming and nothing on the video should be condoned or encouraged. Both parties were reckless‚ the stats reported were baseless and most of the facts said were unfounded. Although the reporter has been working hard to help police in previous cases‚ there was nothing that linked some of the footage to any rape‚” the committee’s statement read.

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