eNCA’s weekly current affairs show, Checkpoint has been nominated for two South African Film & Television Awards. The series, which brings together a team of seasoned investigative journalists, has been at the forefront of thought-provoking journalism since its launch on the channel in April 2014.
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Two stories, IsiKebhe and Dr Sello of Ikageng were both nominated in the Best Current Affairs Programme category.
IsiKebhe investigated an anti-stock theft organisation that had gone rogue and become a feared vigilante group in the absence of effective policing. After being alerted about brutal community punishment being dished out by the group in rural KZN, producer Sebe Buthelezi and cameraman Tshepo Dhlamini went to find out more.
Buthelezi is thrilled about the nomination, “I’m just a regular girl trying to leave a positive mark in the world, through my work and my stories. Clearly the universe is listening because I’m a SAFTA nominee!”
Following complaints from the public, Dr Sello of Ikageng uncovered the horrific abuses at the hands of a medical practitioner near Potchefstroom. Health-E’s Bernadette Maguire discovered that the practitioner had been hospitalised for mental health issues.
Maguire says, “After being alerted to the tragic death of a toddler and the excruciating last moments of a Potchefstroom grandmother, I was determined to seek justice for the families where the Health Professions Council had failed. Little did I know I would find out so much more about the man dubbed Dr Death.”
The practitioner was suspended as a result of the investigation.
Checkpoint’s executive producer and anchor, Nkepile Mabuse, says that the nominations affirm the work done by the team, “We don’t do our work for awards but being acknowledged by the industry always highlights the dedication of the Checkpoint team. It is most gratifying when those who work tirelessly behind the scenes also get to bask in the glory of achievement.”
The winners will be announced on Saturday, 2 March.
New episodes of Checkpoint premiere every Tuesday at 8.30pm on eNCA (DStv channel 403) with repeats on Sundays at 7pm.
Checkpoint also airs every Tuesday at 10pm on e.tv (DSTV channel 194, Openview channel 104)
COMING UP ON CHECKPOINT:
Tonight (12 Feb):Checkpoint investigates a car dealership accused of scamming now angry clients, who go on the hunt for the elusive and smooth-talking owner.
Next Week (19 Feb): There were 23 murder/suicides involving police officers & their intimate partners over the past year. Checkpoint examines the lives that were torn apart and asks whether SAPS could better handle suicidal officers.
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