A media Statement from Gauteng Media Centre Corporate Communication South African Police Service has confirmed that three suspects are in custody in connection with the murder of renowned producer, television presenter and radio personality Johan Botha and his friend earlier this month.
Carte Blanche producer and presenter of the long-running wildlife show 50/50 Johann Botha and his friend were shot dead during a robbery at the Zebra Inn in the Maboneng district.
The ugly incident which took place on 7 June 2017 at about 19:20, saw four suspects including three men and a woman enter the Inn at Jeppestown where they shot and killed the two men while carrying out a robbery operation.
The suspects took two firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash and disappeared. However, on Tuesday night, two men aged 27 and 32 and a woman aged 19 were arrested. While the woman was arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, the men were arrested in Malvern, Johannesburg. One of the suspects is still at large.
Consequently, the suspects will be appearing in court soon, the statement confirms.
Following his death, Carte Blanche executive producer George Mazakaris paid tribute, saying the team is devastated.
“Johan Botha was a remarkable highly experienced television producer and presenter. He was an immensely invaluable member of the Carte Blanche team and it is a considerable loss. We’re devastated.”
After studying drama, Botha started working for the SABC in 1988. During the course of his career, Johann Botha worked as SABC radio presenter on the public broadcaster’s Afrikaans radio station RSG where he presented several youth centred shows in the past. He currently worked as a producer on M-Net’s Carte Blanche investigative magazine show, mostly doing environmental impact stories.
Johan’s death has once again shed light on the upsurge of crime and violence in the country. At least the manhunt which the police launched for the suspects has paid off.