The blackout of FOX Crime only affected StarSat subscribers; FOX Crime is also available on MultiChoice's DStv where the channel wasn't interrupted. FOX Crime is run and distributed by Fox International Channels (FIC).
On Friday morning Fox International Channels Africa (FIC Africa) told TV with Thinus that the issue is not with them. That clarified two things - that one, FOX Crime wasn't terminated and not yanked by FIC, and two, that there was some kind of problem with StarSat.
On Friday afternoon StarSat responded to a media enquiry and told TV with Thinus that FOX Crime is missing due to "a temporary technical problem at the uplink site" and that StarSat technicians are working on it.
StarSat's pay-TV satellite service in South Africa has so far suffered channel interruption problems as well as video and audio quality problems every month since December 2013 and into January, February and March of 2014 since China's StarTimes came onboard as a financial backer.