Carte Blanche This Week: South Africans Fight Back Against GBV, Xenophobia and More

South Africans are fighting back against gender based violence (GBV) and President Ramaphosa is promising a life sentence, no bail or parole for those who murder and/or rape women. The Carte Blanche team investigates this and more on Sunday 8 Sept. (and available for South Africans abroad in most countries to stream from Tuesday 10 Sept.).

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Women Fight Back

On 3 August 2019, at the start of Women’s Month, a 30-year-old show-jumper and bakery assistant, Meghan Cremer went missing. Days later, on Women’s Day 9 August, her body was found in a sand mine in Philippi. But Meghan wasn’t the only woman brutally murdered in just these last few weeks. Lynette Volschenk (32) was murdered and her body cut up in her Bellville flat; UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana (19) was raped and murdered inside the Clareinch Post Office; UWC student Jesse Hess (19) was raped and murdered along with her 85-year-old grandfather in their flat in Parow and Janika Mallo (14) was raped and murdered. Her body was found dumped in her granny’s garden in Heinz Park. As South Africa tallies up the numbers, thousands of women around the country are mobilising and protesting against the scourge of rape and murder. (Producer: Kate Barry;Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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SA’s “Xenophobic” Looting

From Pretoria to Johannesburg, South Africa’s busiest province, Gauteng has been hit by a new wave of violence, looting and pillaging of shops – the target – the country’s growing population of foreign nationals living and working in the big metros. It’s not the first time xenophobic attacks have spread through the country, but after weeks of destruction, five people reported dead and the police fully stretched out, this drawn-out battle doesn’t seem to be nearing an end. Carte Blanche gets onto the streets of some of the most violent hotspots. (Producer: Graham Coetzer; Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender) 

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Desalination Debacle

As the Western Cape’s dam levels swell after a good rainy season, the horror of Day Zero that confronted Capetonians with the threat of running out of drinking water has long faded. But, under pressure a few years ago to provide secure water supplies during the drought, the City of Cape Town concluded deals with a couple of companies for desalinated water. One of these companies is now taking the city to court, claiming critical information on the quality of water they had to purify had been omitted from tender specifications. Carte Blanche investigates the contradictory evidence on the quality of the sea around Cape Town. (Producer: Liz Fish; Presenter: Masa Kekana) 

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Poppie Nongena Returns

Translated into thirteen languages and hailed as one of the most important books of the last century, “The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena” won literary distinction and popular acclaim after it was first published in 1980. It’s the simple narrative of one woman’s struggle to keep her family whole amid the structural violence of apartheid that split families apart through homelands and pass laws. Now Poppie has transitioned to the silver screen and the feature film is raking in awards. Carte Blanche meets the cast and crew in tribute to the exceptional women who kept house and cared for families in white suburbia who were not their own. (Producer: Kate Barry; Presenter: Claire Mawisa) 

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