Hire a local private investigator for the best results in a South African investigation

If you need a private investigator to handle an investigation in South Africa, it’s very important that you hire one that knows everything about the lay of the land and the country like the back of his hand.

This means that the investigator has to know the customs of a multi-cultured nation, what they do and where they go, which would be nigh on impossible for any investigator arriving from overseas.

An investigation in a major city like Pretoria for instance, is going to be completely different to that of one carried out in a small ‘dorp’, as small towns are called in SA.

In a big city an investigator who knows everything about local hangouts, shopping malls and even some of the more dangerous areas, will be able to remain undetected and invisible to anyone they’re investigating, which is essential.

Carrying out an investigation in a small town is a lot more complex if the investigator doesn’t understand the culture and the people living there. Blending in is definitely going to call for extensive on the ground experience so as not to stick out like the proverbial sore thumb.

These are qualities you should be looking for when hiring a private investigator in South Africa.

King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg is one of these exceptional companies able to deliver this level of versatility and professionalism. In over ten years in the field, this team has consistently produced results founded on great investigative work on the ground.

King Investigators is also considered the top choice for overseas investigators when they need local assistance in terms of undercover surveillance on people travelling to South Africa from abroad.

As an owner-managed business, King Investigators has reached across borders to carry out surveillance work on the ground in countries as far off the continent as Argentina and Brazil, and these have often been in the most dangerous situations.

This is proof that King Investigators not only excels on the ground in South Africa, but that the team is fully capable of carrying out their professional services overseas.

Crossing borders from South Africa and into other African countries such as Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique and Lesotho is confirmation that Jacques Botha and his team of investigators are equally at home outside of South Africa as they are within her borders.

These local, international and Sub-Saharan investigations are far from being a walk in the park, since many have been high risk investigations that without experience and professionalism, could have resulted in failure and in dire consequences.

If challenging investigations like this aren’t handled with knowledge and experience, the investigator himself will be in danger, which would understandably also compromise the client, something these professionals won’t allow!

King Investigators is a full service company, offering a comprehensive list of investigative services in South Africa, which includes, but is not limited to:

Undercover Surveillance

Child custody cases

Cheating Spouses and Infidelity


Insurance fraud

Suspicion of wrongdoing by workers, reps and employees

Business Intelligence Investigations

Due Diligence Investigations

Polygraph testing

Voice stress analysis

Background checks

Tracing missing persons

Pre-employment polygraph testing

Let there be no doubt that if you want to hire the right local private detective in South Africa, then King Investigators will provide you with quality, affordable investigative services equal to those in any country, anywhere else in the world!

Contact Jacques and his team today to find out more about how they are able to protect your interests and provide incontrovertible proof if you suspect wrongdoing, whether in your personal capacity or in your business capacity.




When people go missing you may want to consider hiring a private investigator

In general, most of us don’t have the knowledge, experience or resources to begin an in-depth search for a missing person, which is why finding a professional investigator to do so is your best option. At best, we can resort to searching online and on social media platforms, but that’s about as far as we can go as private individuals

Why do people go missing?

It’s truly terrifying when friends or family members simply go missing, especially when there seems to be no apparent reason for their disappearance.

Among a variety of reasons that people go missing, are those who simply disappear because they aren’t coping with life, or those who are skipping out on criminal or civil court cases.

In some cases someone is abducted or has become a victim of a crime, especially if family and friends are absolutely certain that the person would never just disappear, which is something we are all to aware of in our crime-ridden society.

When children are abducted by a parent it’s devastating, however, with the help of a professional investigator, the odds of finding the child safely are a lot better.

In many cases, witnesses to crimes also need to be located in order to take a case to court successfully. There are also cases in which people have been left an inheritance and can’t be found, which is when a private investigator has to be called in to investigate all avenues to find the person, so the relevant estate can be wound up.

Often people also disappear when they owe large sums of money. So as you can see, the reasons anyone disappears are myriad, which means that as many investigative approaches will need to be used.

The police and missing person’s cases

The police services can only do so much where it comes to finding a missing person due to their already over-stretched resources as a result of exceptionally high crime rates. Though they will do the best they can to find someone, they can only give a missing persons case a limited amount of time before it becomes a cold case.

Private investigators and missing person’s cases

As registered and licensed professionals, private investigators have far more resources to trace missing people than we as individuals can, which is why you do need to make sure you have an experienced, well-connected professional to tackle the trace.

Ultimately, private investigators aren’t restricted by the same laws as the police, and although they may not overstep the boundaries of the law, they are able to go places the police aren’t allowed.

Here are a few examples of what a private investigator can do to trace missing people:

Undercover surveillance

Undercover surveillance gives the private detective the opportunity to visit places the missing person may have been or may still be at any given time, or to keep under surveillance anyone suspected of being involved in the disappearance of a missing person.

Finding debtors

As a result of the fact that private detectives aren’t bound by the same strict laws as the police services, they’re able to go into places no one else can in an effort to find a debtor that’s hiding out or on the run, and to bring them back to face the music.

Established networks

A well-established professional private investigator who has been in the field for many years will have built up an extensive network of investigators and other professionals in different capacities who can be brought on board to assist in the search for a missing person.  A private investigator is also able to pay informants for bona fide information, something which is not allowed for the police.

Whether you’re trying to find someone who owes you money, a friend you’ve lost contact with, a missing relative or a loved one, contact King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg to help you trace those who are missing.

King Investigators will start off by asking you for as much information as possible about the person you want traced, in order to get started on doing what they do best: tracing missing people in South Africa and overseas!

How a private investigation works, from start to finish

There are a wide variety of reasons that drive people to hire a private investigator, which means that you’ll need the services of a seasoned professional who is able to carry out investigations across the board.

If this is the first time you’re considering hiring a private investigator, it can seem pretty intimidating, especially since you have no idea of what to expect going in.

You have to do your own investigation to make sure you’re dealing with a professional private investigations company that sticks to the rules and won’t jeopardize the investigation by using underhand or illegal tactics in order to trump up evidence.

Training and experience on the ground counts for a lot.  If the private detective you hire hasn’t been in the business for an extended period of time, you could possibly be heading in the wrong direction.

Don’t be shy to ask all the questions you need to, in order to make sure that you’ll have the best on your side. It’s your prerogative to dig as deep as you need to, before you trust someone to deliver the results you need in all honesty and with full disclosure.

IMPORTANT: The PI needs to have a working knowledge of the law so that, depending on the case, he will know how to obtain evidence legally that’ll be of a standard and quality required for a successful conclusion.

Let’s look at just one of the most common types of cases handled by private investigators in South Africa:


Once you’ve reached a point where you know that you’re being cheated on, you may decide to contact a cheating spouse detective who specialises in cases of infidelity, to discuss what your next step should be.

The best kind of private investigator will make this difficult initial meeting as easy as possible on you, and, if they’re worth their salt at all, they’ll handle the situation with the sensitivity you are really going to need during this difficult experience.

This is where you can discuss whether you need confirmation of infidelity for personal reasons or whether you need the evidence to take to court in the case of a divorce.

A professional private investigator will tailor the investigation to respect your requirements, and will also be completely up front when it comes to discussing costs.

You should also expect that the investigator will be available to you throughout the investigation, and will keep a clear channel of communication open with you.

The Investigation

If you choose to work with a well-established company like King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria, you’ll know that everything they do to gather the evidence required will be completely within legal parameters.

Integrity, honesty and timeous results is their motto, and they’ve stuck by it through many years in the industry!

This is the only way to be absolutely sure that, should you require the evidence for a divorce or custody case, it’ll be rock solid.

Your will need to know as much as possible about the movements of your spouse, habits, usual hangouts etc. in order to follow your spouse to find out what the truth of their movements really are.

While undercover surveillance is best way to gather proof on a cheater, it can only be conducted in public areas, since any invasion of privacy and misrepresentation is out if you want evidence that’ll stand up in court.

The report in conclusion

At the conclusion of the investigation, King Investigators will provide you with the following, again according to your requirements:

  • Time stamped photos
  • Video proof
  • Reports that will sum up any activity on the part of your spouse not included in photographic or video evidence

Why hire King Investigators?

They’re the best! They leave no stone unturned and go the full distance using state of the art technology combined with on the ground experience, and if anything, you can trust this team to handle your investigation with honesty and integrity.

When you need solid proof you can rely on, contact King Investigators in Gauteng and they’ll be ready to move at a moment’s notice!


Custody cases are a speciality field for the team from King Investigators

King Investigators work to maintain close ties with attorneys in order to lay out plans that’ll give the investigator all the information an attorney needs to present a custody case in court, in favour of his client.

As a client having to face the difficulties that are attached to custody and visitation investigations, you’ll want to be absolutely sure that the private investigator you’ve hired will take professional responsibility for the investigation and the conclusions reached at the end of it.

This is because you need to rely on the quality of the evidence and trust that it has been collected according to the law.  Let there be no doubt, an unprofessional investigator with no scruples will compromise your case when it comes to court, where you’ll watch good money thrown out with useless evidence.

The law is complicated with regard to child custody cases, which is why the investigator also has to have a fundamental grasp of the law, and to work closely with the attorney, making sure that no extraneous evidence is collected that will be of no value once the case gets to court.

It’s unfortunate that child custody cases and visitation cases are among the most common cases that require the services of a private investigator, but, when a child is in any way at risk, the cold facts are what are necessary to protect him or her.

Emotions of all parties that have a stake in the decision of the courts run high in any custody battle, which is why there’s no room for mistakes on the part of the investigator, who is required to remain neutral during the investigation and to act with integrity for the duration.

In many custody cases it’s not only the parents who have a stake in the outcome of the court decision. Other family members also experience the sometimes devastating emotional impact of the whole process, which is something any private investigator will be sensitive to.

A private investigator with good communication skills and sensitivity is what you’ll need most while going through a painful experience involving your child.

It’s important that you know as much as possible about the private investigator you hire, to ensure that they’ll conduct their investigation in a way that remains in line with the code of conduct set out by the PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority).

If you look for a private investigator in Johannesburg or Pretoria, or anywhere else in South Africa, make sure they’re registered with PSIRA, if not, don’t even consider him.

Because the evidence and final report from the private investigator is going to be presented in court, you need to be very selective about who’ll be handing over the final report to your attorney.

Fictitious allegations won’t cut it in court, ever! By the time the attorney for the other side is through with the evidence and depositions of others involved in the case, this so-called evidence will be ripped apart and thrown out.

Remember, your spouse or partner will be using their own private detective, so it’s not worth trying to get one over on the court.

While the attorney will be conducting depositions of the main parties involved in this difficult and painful case, the private investigator will conduct interviews with those who play a lesser role, such as domestic workers, neighbours and even local shop assistants.

The periphery players serve to underpin the depositions of the main players and will include anyone coming into contact with the other party in the custody case, in order to complete the picture to be presented to the court.

Surveillance will also play an important role in compiling a comprehensive report that will include time stamped photos and videos. Any suspicion that a child is in any way endangered, abused or neglected will definitely come to light during the investigation.

The team at King Investigators in Johannesburg are consummate professionals who bring to custody cases the integrity and honesty that’ll allow your attorney to present a strong case that’ll make sure your child is protected.

If you’re facing a battle for your child, contact King Investigators for a confidential chat that will put you at ease in an exceptionally difficult situation.