Hard-hitting TV journalist Devi Sankaree Govender says her 17 years on M-Net’s Sunday night news show, Carte Blanche has been one of the greatest privileges of her life.
The show celebrates its 31st birthday this month and, recalling her experiences, Govender said she was introduced to worlds she ordinarily would have not been able to access.
“Everyday I’m reminded of how privileged I am. Whistle-blowers trust us with their lives and through them we are able to shine a light in all those dark corners,” she said.
In 2002, Govender jumped straight into the fire with her first story when she travelled to Upington to cover the story of Baby Tshepang.
“Brutally raped at just nine-months-old, Tshepang somehow survived, but I found myself immersed in a world of alcohol abuse, violent confrontations all washed in the tears of mothers, helpless in their mission to keep their children safe,” she said.