Shots in the Dark: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 4 April 2021 at 19:00, only on M-Net 101.

I N V E S T I G A T I O N

Claire Mawisa: “I rarely get the opportunity to inspect a murder scene and take time to walk in the killer’s footsteps. Visiting the remote Groblersdal farm where this murder took place was strange and eerie. But what is more disturbing is that, what was purported to be a random, violent attack by a stranger, may very well be something so much more nefarious.”

Shots in the Dark

He was a 28-year-old farmer, shot dead in his bed in October last year. A well-loved man who worked for his uncle on a game farm and lived alone with his wife. How did it happen? Was it a random attack or pre-meditated murder? The killing rocked the rural community of Groblersdal in Limpopo and, as it turned into a real murder mystery, has left devastated family and friends with more questions than answers. In the weeks after his murder, a friend of the young man’s widow was arrested and appeared on a charge of murder. Carte Blanche revisits the scene of his death and unpacks the evidence.

Producer: Niel van Deventer
Journalist: Hendrik Hancke
Director: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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PRASA Off the Rails  

South Africa’s struggling rail commuter network, PRASA took a hard financial knock when commuter services were disrupted during level 5 COVID-19 lockdown. As services were suspended and only skeleton staff remained, PRASA infrastructure was ransacked. Then land invaders took up residence on the railway tracks in Cape Town’s Langa township. Now, with just a handful of commuters getting back into coaches, it’s not clear how PRASA plans to recoup its losses. Could hope be on the horizon as government puts a new community-driven security plan on the table?

Producer: Anina Peens
Researcher: Latashia Naidoo
Presenter: Derek Watts
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B R E A K T H R O U G H

Paving the Way with mRNA

It’s been 38 years since HIV was first identified and, despite scientists’ dogged persistence, a cure and vaccine have remained elusive. Now, the eye-watering amounts of global funding for the rapid advancement of mRNA technology to combat COVID-19 in the last year has brought new hope in the fight against HIV. While we honour the scientists and activists who soldiered on against HIV, even when there was little light on the horizon, Carte Blanche investigates how mRNA development may help to level the playing field in the fight against other intractable diseases.

Producer: John Webb
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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T R U E   H E R O E S

Table Mountain’s Rescue Heroes

As beaches were closed during much of COVID-19 lockdown, Table Mountain became a favourite escape for Capetonians looking for fresh air and exercise. With its easy access points and stunning views, paths became crowded and, for many who ventured up, the capricious weather and extreme wilderness conditions proved too much. This year has seen over 50 incidents, some requiring logistically complex rescue operations by a large group of rescue organisations. As rescues are done free of charge in South Africa, Wilderness Search and Rescue urges people to call for aid rather than risk further injury by trying rescue themselves. Carte Blanche meets some incredible volunteers prepared to face the risk on behalf of strangers.

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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Please note: Carte Blanche line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za