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Carte Blanche: Gwijo Squad Brings the Gees, Singing Their Way into SA Hearts

Bringing the Gees. Carte Blanche on Sunday The stage was set: The Springbok A rugby side was facing a dangerous French Barbarians team at the spectacular Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. It was billed as a clash of titans that would be played in front of an army of chanting spectators. But the stadium was…

Alarmed, avid rugby supporter and patriot, Chulumanco Macingwane, made a few calls that would ultimately birth a new movement: the Gwijo Squad. This week current affairs show Carte Blanche meets the squad that’s bringing gees to every match they attend.The concept was simple: bring together a group of sports fans who would raise the roof at stadiums across the country. Now, almost a thousand strong, the Gwijo Squad is singing its way into the hearts of sports lovers.

Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts spent time with the incredible squad. Derek says:

“A mate gave me a suite ticket to watch the second test between the Springboks and the All Blacks at Emirates Airline Park. Then I got a call from Carte Blanche on Friday: could I join the Gwijo Squad for the bus ride and sit in the first row at the stadium with them? Not always a great viewpoint, but it was such a vibe to join this inclusive supporter club – I even tried to sing some of the Xhosa war cries! They are doing a magic job of bringing all sports fans together, so no wonder they have the support of skipper Siya Kolisi who stopped to pay tribute to the Gwijos after the match!”

Diligently leading a life of integrity: that’s how slain whistle-blower, Babita Deokaran, has been described by her family. According to her colleagues, these were characteristics she demonstrated on numerous occasions as Chief Director in Finance for the Gauteng Department of Health. For the Special Investigating Unit, looking into fraud and corruption inside the embattled provincial office, Deokaran was an invaluable asset who had cooperated in a decade-long investigation. But a year ago, Deokaran’s service to her country was cut short when she was brutally assassinated. Now, Carte Blanche pieces together some of the startling evidence that Deokaran uncovered.

No good deed goes unpunished. People who do the right thing seldom reap the rewards.

— 💜FPL TinkerBell💜 (@Natasha7_N) August 31, 2022

Medical Marvels

At just 21 years old, Dr Thakgalo Thibela cuts an unassuming figure in the dingy halls of Helen Joseph Hospital. Given her obvious youth, patients and families alike can be a little sceptical when first meeting her. But she is the doctor on call and, as she moves from ward to ward, Dr Thibela proudly shows off her medical skills. And she’s not alone. Around the country, young doctors – barely into adulthood – are entering the state healthcare service. Their mission: saving lives. The obstacles ahead are more than a little daunting, but they are equal to the task.

Cable Theft Wars

Earlier this year, a team of security personnel working in Soweto was ambushed by a heavily armed gang. One guard was shot dead. A month later, two security guards were gunned down while escorting a City Power utility truck to a salvage yard in Johannesburg. The target: copper cables. Copper cable theft is evolving, with highly organised and well-armed thieves stopping at nothing to get their hands on this valuable commodity – including killing poorly resourced security guards tasked with protecting City Power and Eskom’s essential infrastructure.

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Carte Blanche is on M-Net & M-Net HD [101], 28 August 2022  at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

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