The Friday Stand-In 2016

Melanie Verwoerd flourishes as the #FridayStandIn

Writer and political analyst, Melanie Verwoerd has proven that there's more to her than just her surname or past as a former ANC MP.

She took over the airwaves (and trended on Twitter) during The Redi Thlabi Show as the fifth Friday Stand-In in the entertaining series.

Melanie naturally commanded the jam-packed programme, which included the Open Line, an exclusive interview with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Roelf Meyer as well as an insightful chat with James Bond legend Roger Moore.

WATCH: It may have been a success, but Melanie was feeling rather anxious before show.

She had a moving conversation with 22-year-old activist, Yonela Tyatyeka, about homophobia, hate crimes and the struggles she's faced in her young life.

Listen to Yonela Tyatyeka deliver a touching slam poem about the horrific death of her Ntsiki Tyatyeka:

View the gallery of pictures which capture Melanie's exciting experience at the CapeTalk studios.

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