The Valley of Bullets and Bodies: Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 24 November 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00.

Masa Kekana: “It’s no secret that the SAPS is under-resourced and could always do more with a bigger budget, but it is frightening to hear that, in a country with crime stats like ours, officers don’t have basics such as fingerprint powder to use at crime scenes. What message does that send to criminals?”


SAPS Forensic Stockouts

Despite soaring crime rates, dedicated investigators have faced two years of lagging procurement of forensic materials in the South African Police Services. Stockouts of basic items like fingerprint kits and powders hamper the processing of crime scenes, while software licences for some digital forensic equipment have expired. Carte Blanche investigates the consequences when investigators are hampered in their daily tasks.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Masa Kekana
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Citrus and Bullets

A war between two rival families in the Uthukela district of KwaZulu-Natal has reportedly left 40 people murdered and chased away millions of Rands in investment. Police have confiscated 74 weapons and 606 rounds of ammunition since January alone. Now, the communities have signed a peace agreement. But is it too late? Investors have fled, leaving workers and farmers with only weeks to save the farm and the 700 jobs it provides.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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Speaking to the Dead 

They’ve seen it all: gunshots, stab injuries, motor vehicle trauma, and bodies too decomposed to identify. It’s a thankless job, processing and cleaning the deceased. But in the never-ending cycle of violence in South Africa, it’s the men and women working in state morgues, who provide police with the first clues that help solve heinous crimes and get many victims back to their families for burial.

Producer: Sinethemba Nogude
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Bloodhound on the Trail of Another Record

What’s better than breaking the world land speed record in the most powerful straight-line car? Breaking it twice! That’s the challenge facing fighter pilot and high-speed enthusiast Andy Green. After several test runs, culminating in mind-blowing speeds of over 1000km/h, Green is confident the Bloodhound LSR is set to break the record next year.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Derek Watts
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