5 Reasons why people hire a private investigator in South Africa

Nobody enjoys the idea of having to resort to hiring a private investigator to get proof that things are not as they seem on the surface, in any situation, whether in a private or business capacity, but it’s the surest way of getting to the truth in any matter.

Depending on the circumstances of each investigation, the private investigator will use a variety of skills, tools and undercover operations to produce results that are completely above board and honest.

Any private investigator that’s willing to do underhand things to gather evidence, which includes adding a bit of extra flavour with manipulated and manufactured evidence, is one that needs to be given a wide berth.

Even if the evidence gathered will not be used in court, it is evidence that will be used to by an individual or a business owner on which to base weighty issues that could have far reaching consequences for all involved.

It’s essential to hire a private investigator with an excellent reputation for honesty and integrity, as this will be a true measure of the quality of service and evidence that will be produced during and at the conclusion of any case.

That said, here are 5 basic reasons people hire private investigators:


Unfortunately, cheating spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends head the top of the list of reasons people hire a private investigator in South Africa.

Proof of infidelity is something none of us wants to think of, but when decisions need to be made about going forward with a relationship, or ending it, having facts on which to base the decision is of far more substance than that of your sixth sense.

Child custody

The first rule in any children’s court ruling on child custody is that the child has to be protected from any form of abuse, and only professionally gathered evidence will be accepted if there is a case for keeping a child safe from one or the other parent.

Suspicion is not enough, there has to be proof that the child will face neglect in an environment that would cause physical and psychological harm, before any judge can make a decision.


Tracing missing people is something only an experienced, professional private investigator is able to do, as he or she is able to gain access to information across various platforms that would not be available to the man in the street.

Background checks

Here are three reasons people request background checks:

Pre-employment – it’s easy to lie on a CV, which is why many companies today hire a private investigator to do pre-employment background checks.

Civil cases – often when people are facing a lawsuit, they hide assets, which is why it’s a good idea to hire a private detective to gather evidence of this before going ahead with the lawsuit.  If the person being sued does not have money, then pursuing the case will cost more than its worth.

Divorce – in many divorce cases people will hide assets in order to short-change one or the other party, and only an experienced private investigator will be able to gather evidence that is a true reflection of the financial situation.

Business intelligence and due diligence services

These are investigative services that require a high level of experience on the part of a private investigator. This is because the investigations cross from financial investigations to counterintelligence, right through to providing in-depth information to companies planning on investing in new ventures.

These are the very basic reasons that people hire private investigators, but a truly skilled and experienced investigator will be able to expand any investigation into areas that lead off from these main reasons.

Please contact King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria to find out more about how they can assist you to get to the truth in any matter, whether on a personal or business level.

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