2003: Nigel Pierce remembers the Sizzlers massacre in Sea Point
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On 20 January 2003, Breakfast Show host Nigel Pierce was on air when a call came in saying that there had been a murder at a massage parlour in Sea Point.
Nine men had been killed at Sizzlers in what Judge Nathan Erasmus described as the "worst massacre that Cape Town and the country have ever seen".
For the rest of the show, Pierce and his team focused on the developing story.
Part of the talk radio medium is to be honest, to be robust, to be candid.Nigel Pierce, former Breakfast Show host
It did not come without its risks - Pierce needed to backtrack after an on-air caller claimed that they knew of two famous men who frequented the massage parlour.
One of the hallmarks of the Sizzlers Massacre is that questions about the killings and the murderers' motives remain unanswered.
Both men carried balaclavas, they never took the stand, the one guy in prison a few years later, the manager at the bar in Sea Point made so many mobile phone calls from Sizzlers during the incident, and still - questions remain about the why.Nigel Pierce, former Breakfast Show host
It's one of those cases that are still puzzling today.Nigel Pierce, former Breakfast Show host
Watch as Nigel Pierce reflects on the Sizzler Massacre.
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