CARTE BLANCHE: Lockdown Criminal Record for Thousands of South Africans for Life?
CARTE BLANCHE: Lockdown Criminal Record for Thousands of South Africans for Life?

At least 400,000 South Africans have been arrested over the past year for breaking COVID-19 lockdown regulations like not wearing a mask… and many are now left with life-damaging criminal records. Last year, Carte Blanche reported on allegations of unwarranted brutality and violence when police arrested people for breaking these lockdown regulations. This week, the current affairs show revisits the dilemma facing those who were arrested for offences, ranging from not wearing masks to allegedly breaking curfew.

Many spent time behind bars or paid hefty fines of up to R5000, and several, still, were let go with the option of signing an admission of guilt.

Lockdown Criminal Record for Life?

At the time, this helped them not spend time in police custody. BUT in the long run, it’s saddled them with criminal records that are hampering life as they know it – with no indication from government on whether these might be expunged after the pandemic.

Presenter Bongani Bingwa says: “Violating Lockdown regulations has seen thousands of South Africans arrested. Now saddled with criminal records, we investigate how it’s damaging their lives.”

Carte Blanche asks: What will it take to expunge their criminal records? (Producer: Busisiwe Gumede-Chizhanje | Presenter: Bongani Bingwa)

You can watch the show on Sunday 23 May in South Africa on DStv Now or stream it overseas in most countries from Tues 25  May if you’re abroad.

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

Also on Carte Blanche this Sunday, 23 May 2021

Rideshare Roulette

Legislation is pending at the federal level in the United States after a young woman was kidnapped and killed in 2019. The prominent case of Samantha Josephson (21), who had ordered an Uber but then got into a different car where the driver allegedly used childproof locks to prevent her from escaping, led to proposed legislation to improve protection for drivers and passengers. In South Africa, in April, Yolandi Botes (34) took a cab from the airport and was never seen again. Carte Blanche tracks the experiences of unsuspecting young women who mistakenly followed imposters posing as cab drivers but, once in the car, realised the danger. (Producer: Anina Peens | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

Carte Blanche presenter Masa Kekana says: “Being bombarded at the airport by multiple drivers is slightly intimidating, especially as a woman travelling alone. While there’s nothing wrong with taxi service drivers trying to get passengers,  beware if they urge you to not use the official app.”

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

Private Hospital Investigated

While private healthcare costs spiral ever higher, a hospital CEO from Pretoria made a protected disclosure alleging perverse incentives, over-servicing and recycling of single-use surgical items in a hospital-owned by a group of doctors. Carte Blanche investigates what happened when the CEO accused his former employers of violating regulations of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) that prohibits doctors from participating in perverse incentive schemes as he was hauled before a disciplinary hearing. Is it a case of sour grapes from a disgruntled employee dismissed for serious improper conduct, or are the allegations of this former hospital CEO-turned-whistleblower being taken seriously? (Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now


Amber Under Ice

Depression is a debilitating illness and the therapy that Amber Fillary (49) found in cold water has been a lifesaver. After spending most of her youth in and out of rehabilitation facilities, battling addiction and an eating disorder, Fillary has finally found the one place where she’s able to live in healthy harmony with herself and find mental wholeness – under the ice. Freezing waters beneath thick ice have become her place of peace and the source of fulfilment and achievement as she sets out to break one world record after another. Carte Blanche met Fillary in Cape Town after setting the record for the longest horizontal swim under ice on a single breath wearing just her costume and a pair of goggles. Currently waiting out Germany’s lockdown, she continues training for an underwater breath-hold Guinness World Record attempt in Egypt this coming November, as well as the men’s under-ice record at the end of February next year in Norway. (Producer: Annalise Lubbe | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

Watch the show overseas | Watch in SA on DStv Now

If you’re in SA – you can watch Carte Blanche on DStv Now.

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Carte Blanche is on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], May 23  2021 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00


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