Investigative TV journalist Devi Sankaree Govender has been a fundamental part of the Carte Blanche ethos for 18 years and now she's taking her final bow.
She makes her final appearance on Sunday, 26 January 2020.
According to a press release from M-Net, she's leaving to pursue other career opportunities.
This from Devi about it:
“Working on Carte Blanche has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. 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.
When my daughter finished matric last year and received a golf scholarship to the US, I instinctively knew that it was time to tick off more items on my bucket list.
It was an incredibly difficult decision to move on, but I will always remember what Trevor Noah told me during our interview in New York: ‘Once you think you are at the top, then you should be finding the place where you are at the bottom.’ I look forward to the future but will never forget my past."
Devi at Carte Blanche's 20th birthday party in 2008.
During her time on Carte Blanche she's raised two children, joined various boards (e.g Business and Arts South Africa) and completed an MBA degree.
Interestingly, her passion for Carte Blanche began as a viewer. She watched it from its first episode in 1988 when she was 15 and told her parents that she would be on the show.
She achieved this goal in January 2002 when she covered her first story - the horrific rape of nine-month-old Baby Tsepang.
Over the years she's put an exclamation mark on the fact that people of small stature can stand up to the biggest bullies.
Her final episode will include a celebration of her contribution.