Devi Sankaree Govender bids Carte Blanche farewell

Devi Sankaree Govender. (Photo: Supplied/M-Net)
Devi Sankaree Govender. (Photo: Supplied/M-Net)

Cape Town - After eighteen years of chasing crooks, delving deep into current affairs, and unearthing the truth about the world we live in with vigour and determination, esteemed investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender has decided to explore new career opportunities.

Devi will make her final appearance on M-Net’s multiple award-winning and longest-running show Carte Blanche (DStv 101) on Sunday, 26 January.

In addition to its usual news and human interest stories, Carte Blanche will also celebrate her immense contribution to the show during this broadcast. 

"As this chapter in Devi’s life journey closes, we would like to express our gratitude for the zest and passion she brought to Carte Blanche, our channel and the M-Net family," said Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. 

"With her trademark dynamite Carte Blanche probes, Devi has made an immeasurable impact on our society as a whole. We will miss her presence on our iconic Sunday night line-up, but wish her all the best in her future endeavours."

Devi Sankaree Govender

(TV LEGEND: Devi Sankaree Govender. Photo: Supplied/M-Net)

Carte Blanche has been engrained in Devi’s DNA since she watched its very first episode in 1988. Growing up in the small town of Umzinto in KZN, the show resonated so strongly with the 15-year-old Devi that she proudly pronounced to her family that she would one day be part of the Carte Blanche team. 

Her dream became a reality in January 2002 with a baptism of fire. Her first assignment was to cover a story of absolute brutality – the horrific rape of nine-month-old Baby Tsepang. 

With an inherent need for justice running through her veins, Devi never shied away from turning on the heat during interviews, whether they involved dodgy pool guys, CEOs of JSE listed companies or government ministers. 

"Working on Carte Blanche has been one of the greatest privileges of my life," says Devi, who nabbed several prestigious awards.

"It led me into the hearts, minds and homes of our people. It allowed me to ask tough questions in my own, straightforward style and I worked with the best in the business – individuals who are passionate about the show and our country and who often put their lives on the line to give our viewers the right to see it all.

"My fondest memories of the show will always be tied to pinning down the bad guys. That’s what I do best. But I also loved the celebrity interviews. Lionel Richie brought out the 80s schoolgirl in me when I got to show off my toneless singing voice."

Carte Blanche will appoint a new talented investigative journalist to take over the baton from Devi. More information will be shared in due course.