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From baboons to axe murderers to political wheeling and dealing, the issues explored in this week’s episode of Carte Blanche prove that there’s never a dull moment in the Republic of South Africa.

Coalition Politics: How to Steal a Metro

After numerous failed attempts, coalition partners in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality this week finally succeeded in a no-confidence vote, to push out Democratic Alliance mayor Athol Trollip. Now as one coalition falls apart in a major metro, analysts believe that the DA led political partnerships in the Johannesburg and Tshwane municipalities in Gauteng are also under threat. Carte Blanche asks: Is this the beginning of the end for coalition governments in South Africa? (Producer: Nicky Troll; Presenter: Derek Watts; Researcher: Sasha Schwendenwein). Watch now »

Baboon Killings in the Vineyards

Raiding baboons are terrorising farmers on the hills above the peri-urban Constantia wine farms in the Western Cape. Addicted to sugar and used to getting easy access to farmsteads with fruit trees and vegetable patches, over 200 baboons pose a threat to residents and domestic animals. To the public’s outrage, two wine farms obtained permits to kill two baboons a day for a year. Carte Blanche investigates what it takes to manage the baboon-human conflict. (Producer: Liz Fish; Presenter: Claire Mawisa). Watch now »

Henri van Breda: Axe Murderer

It was a crime that shook South Africa. In 2015, then 20-year-old Henri van Breda took an axe and brutally killed his parents and brother, and seriously injured his younger sister in a luxury golf estate in Stellenbosch. After a lengthy trial Van Breda was found guilty of three counts of murder and attempted murder and was denied leave to appeal. Now the convicted murderer is looking to the Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn this decision. Carte Blanche speaks to Van Breda’s uncle about the devastating tragedy. (Producer: Michael Duffett; Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender; Researcher: Tony Beamish). Watch now »

Lewis Pugh

Lewis Pugh is known as one of the top extreme swimmers in the world and he’s conquered almost every endurance swim one can imagine. Now Pugh has taken on a new challenge – to swim the entire length of the English Channel. It’s a punishing 560 km swim from the United Kingdom’s Land’s End, all the way to Dover. Battling harsh weather conditions and icy waters, Pugh hopes this swim will bring attention to his campaign to fully protect a third of the world’s oceans by 2030. (Producer: Diana Lucas and John Webb; Presenter: John Webb). Watch now »

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