2016 Year in Review

All eyes were on Mbuyisa Makhubu and Krejcir drama in 2016

The Untold Story of Mbuyisa Makhubu - the young man seen carrying Hector Pietersen during the 1976 Soweto Uprisings - was a year-long investigation by EWN's Mandy Weiner.

Makhubu fled his home in Soweto after his face became synonymous with youth resistance against the repressive apartheid government captured by photographer Sam Nzima.

The last traces of him were in Botswana and his brief schooling in Nigeria. The South African government's attempts to find him and bring him back to the country failed over the years.

It ended with a massive question mark hanging over the story... It really is one of the great mysteries of what happened to this individual.

Mandy Weiner, EWN reporter

Claims of political interference surfaced earlier this year after NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) head, Shaun Abrahams, charged Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with for fraud.

Abrahams later dropped the charges and insisted that he was not politically captured...

No national director of public prosecutions in this country has ever served a full term and he's only one year in and look where he is at the moment.

Mandy Weiner, EWN reporter

And then came the arrival of Czech criminal fugitive, Radovan Krejcir in 2007, which revealed the reign of terror by South Africa's underworld after his 2013 arrest.

The Bedfordview businessman was found guilty of attempted murder, drug possession and kidnapping in the South Gauteng High Court.

His incarceration was likened to an action movie, with close monitoring after a foiled prison escape which found him in possession of ammunition, two cellphones, a memory stick and a correctional service officer uniform.

Radovan Krejcir represented himself in court because he had fired all his lawyers and told Judge Collin Lamont he was biased.

Mandy Weiner, EWN reporter

Listen to the interview below for more on the stories Mandy Weiner covered:


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