Friday, June 9, 2017

M-Net's Carte Blanche: 'Devastated by the loss of Johann Botha, one of our finest producers'.

M-Net's Carte Blanche where Johann Botha (53) was a producer has issued a statement following the brutal death of the well-known TV presenter and producer who was shot and killed on Wednesday evening during a Jeppestown robbery at the Zebra Inn.

Besides Johann Botha, his friend and owner of the Zebra Inn restaurant and bar, Werner "Swazi" Perchtold (73), was also shot dead.

"M-Net's Carte Blanche team is devastated by the loss of Johann Botha, one of our finest producers," says George Mazarakis, Carte Blanche executive producer.

"Johann was immensely talented and had a depth and breadth of experience which makes him simply irreplaceable".

"Johann was a brave, creative investigative journalist with a kind and gentle nature.He could executive stories on the Johannesburg billing crisis - his most recent report - with as much ease as a piece on the penguins of Betty's Bay; he was comfortable reporting on politics or the arts".

"His loss is a loss for the entire broadcasting industry and he will be sorely missed," says George Mazarakis.

"We are outraged that yet again, a precious life has been lost to the scourge of crime."

"We extend our sincere condolences to his family and his friends."