The Killer Next Door: Watch Carte Blanche, this Sunday 24 May 2020 at 19:00, only on M-Net 101.


Masa Kekana: “One would think if a perpetrator is found guilty of raping a child, they will remain behind bars for life. That wasn’t the case for the perpetrators who killed Michaela Williams and Tazne van Wyk. Both men were released on parole, only to target children and commit the same crime they were initially found guilty of.”

Parole Boards Under Scrutiny

Convicted in 2015 of the rape and indecent assault of three girls that he had coached, former Wimbledon doubles champion Bob Hewitt was ordered to serve six years of an eight-year sentence, because of his advanced age. Now, 80-year-old Hewitt has been granted parole in a process that has been flawed and traumatising for his victims. Carte Blanche investigates how perpetrators of heinous crimes are considered for parole.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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The Paedophile Next Door

When 12-year-old Michaela Williams was found raped and murdered near her home, her parents couldn’t have imagined that her killer lived just a few houses down, or that their friendly neighbour was a convicted paedophile out on parole. Statistics in South Africa show that children are often sexually abused by someone they know and the purpose of the Child Protection Register is to protect them from predators in their communities. But the register isn’t available to the public. So how do you know if a paedophile lives in your area? Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Carol Albertyn Christie
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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Lockdown Brutal Enforcement

With a number of deaths related to police custody, heavy-handed police action has earned South Africa a place on a list of 15 countries that the United Nations says “is one of the worst for police brutality” during lockdown. The UN slammed “toxic lockdown culture” in the country, citing the disproportionate use of force, rubber bullets, tear gas, water bombs and whips to enforce social distancing. Carte Blanche investigates how thousands of people arrested for minor infringements of lockdown rule, and made to pay admission of guilt fines, have earned criminal records just for going about the essential tasks of buying food, prepaid electricity and fetching their children. Legitimate enforcement or draconian repression?

Producers: Ntokozo Miya & Mduduzi Miya
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Sweden’s Road Less Travelled

In the midst of the global pandemic, countries in Europe have been locking down their citizens to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but in Stockholm, the streets are still abuzz and life seems almost normal. Against the grain, Sweden’s taking the road less travelled – keeping schools and businesses open while tolerating a slow spread of the virus. It’s a high-risk approach, but Swedish authorities are hedging their bets to keep the economy afloat while saving lives. Carte Blanche explores whether this strategy will spare the country from a second wave of infection.

Producers: Simon Stanford & Marika Griehsel
Presenter: Marika Griehsel
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