Debora Patta - now as a puppet - and known as the going-for-the-jugular presenter of e.tv's weekly investigative news magazine show 3rd Degree, is joining ZA News according to the producers, who refer to the new addition as "she of the clipped vowels, orange tan and mean flick of the fringe".
Tim Modise (as a puppet) is also joining ZA News, with the producers who've clearly realized that the egomaniacal politicians need a counterweight in the form of "agent provocateur" journalists who can ask all the pointed questions.
The new season of ZA News sees the return of the voice artists comedian Nik Rabinowitz, Aggrey Lonake, Nikki Jackman and Adam Behr. Marianne Thamm has been appointed as the head writer and will work with Ben Trovato and veteran writer Andrew Donaldson on scripts.
"TopTV is thrilled to be bringing viewers this innovative satire which adds acerbic wit from hilarious well-known local caricatures to our line-up," says Pauline Cunningham, the senior vice president for content at TopTV.
The launch of the 5th season of ZA News on Top One will coincide with the launch of the new ZA News Network at www.zanews.co.za.