The series based on Deon Meyer’s Trackers has everyone obsessed

M-Net’s original five-part crime series Trackers has been taking the African continent by storm with its intriguing storylines, fascinating characters and breathtaking cinematography.

If you haven’t got into this exhilarating production yet, based on bestselling author Deon Meyer’s gripping novel, get up to speed on M-Net (101) at 20:00. You can binge-watch the edge-of-your-seat drama on DStv Catch Up or on Showmax.

For those who have been watching...

What will happen to Milla? The PBI arrested her after identifying her as the mystery women at Lucas Becker’s side on the surveillance photograph? To make it worse, this happened while the was compiling a dossier on Lucas. Was she really seeing an undercover CIA agent? Unlike the PBI viewers know it was Lemmer, and not Lucas, who killed “The Bull” Inkunzi. In the meantime, gungho Lemmer has met his match. When the last episode’s end credits rolled he was held at gunpoint by the feisty vixen who disappeared with his gun – and the diamonds everyone is trying to track down.

What will happen next?

It’s a truly African event

This is probably one of the largest M-Net local productions to date, and has been done in collaboration with the German public broadcaster ZDF, Cinemax (which will distribute the show worldwide) and HBO.

As most South Africans know, Deon Meyer is one of our biggest-selling authors. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and millions of copies have been sold worldwide. He not only wrote the book the show is based on, but he also supervised the screenwriter and co-producer. British screenwriter Robert Thorogood, who worked on the crime drama series Death in Paradise, is the showrunner. Local creatives involved in the international production include playwright, screenwriter and theatre director Amy Jephta (Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story) and film-makers Kelsey Egen and Jozua Malherbe.

The cast comprises both local and international actors, including Ed Stoppard, Rolanda Marais, James Alexander and Thapelo Mokoena.

Deon Meyer is particularly happy with the casting. “I now find it hard to think of those characters without seeing the faces of the talent,” he says. “That is how convincing they are at playing their roles.” He says the locations chosen really portray the beauty and variety of landscapes in South Africa. “I am really chuffed we will be showing the rest of the world how beautiful this country is.”

Meet the characters

Milla Strachan 

After years of abuse, 40-year-old Milla finally leaves her husband, resentful son and life of luxury, but finds herself battling to find work in a job market that has moved on. She’s finally forced to take a lowly journalism job in a government agency. Played by Rolanda Marais (Binnelanders, Wolwedans in die Skemer).


Formerly a member of the Special Forces and ministerial bodyguard who lost his job after a botched intelligence operation, Lemmer now lives in the small Karoo town of Loxton, renovating an old house and dealing with his anger. Played by James Gracie (Siberia, Madiba and The Gamechangers).

Janina Mentz 

As director of the Presidential Bureau of Intelligence (PBI), Janina takes her job of protecting the people of South Africa seriously. She played an important role in the country’s liberation struggle and is vehemently opposed to corruption and anyone who undermines the country’s independence.

Played by Sandi Schultz (Hotel, Binnelanders).

Quinn Makebe 

Chief of operations at the PBI, Quinn is second-in-command to Janina and has her job in his sights, although they work together closely. He’s clever, educated and ambitious, and Janina sometimes doubts his intentions. Played by Thapelo Mokoena (Wild at Heart, Long Walk to Freedom).

When and how to watch Trackers

The five-episode series premiered on Sunday 27 October on M-Net (101) at 20:00, in the time slot of the regular Sunday night movie. (The movie follows immediately afterwards.)

If you've missed an episode of Trackers, watch it on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »
Binge-watch from the beginning on Showmax »

To find out more about Trackers, visit the M-Net homepage.