Debora Patta quits 3rd Degree

2013-05-07 22:03
Cape Town - Debora Patta has quit as anchor of 3rd Degree, according to a report on Tuesday, leaving the show's future up in the air.

According to eNCA, Patta, who was also the show's executive producer, a position she has also relinquished, will anchor the show for the last time on Tuesday 14 May.

She will now be pursuing other opportunities as a freelancer for international news companies, the report said, after the management of both eNCA and accepted her resignation.

ENCA reported group head of news Patrick Conroy as saying that Patta wanted to explore other options after 15 years of service.

"We've been in discussions about the future of 3rd Degree for several months. In the end she felt she wanted to try something new working as an independent freelancer. We agreed and will now explore a different on-air offering," eNCA quoted Conroy as saying.

According to Conroy, planned changes were already in the pipeline, and 3rd Degree will "take a break" for a while, but no final decision has been made


  • Carolyn Sims-Handcock - 2013-05-07 22:11

    Thrilled to hear it - no room for a strident, self-opinionated person like Debra Patta who specialised in brow-beating those she interviewed

      Francois Blom - 2013-05-07 22:34

      Absolutely! She is a terrible investigative journalist.

      Warren Slater - 2013-05-07 22:39

      Couldn't agree more. Even when someone had a valid point she wouldn't concede anything. Terrible interviewing skills, had her questions, stayed on script and couldn't adapt in the moment to new evidence or counterpoints. Her position is a very difficult one to fill but one she should never have been chosen for in the first place.

      Megala Arxithia - 2013-05-08 06:06

      Viewers will definately not be missing this horrible woman and her fake orange tan! She was commonly referred to as 'the orange lady' at the e news offices.

      John Cryink - 2013-05-08 06:16

      This is what equity does because politics and laws forces equity appoinments and SHE was not very good

      Jane Brown - 2013-05-08 11:02

      I agree, she had absolutely no idea how to conduct an interview, bullying the people she was interviewing, refusing to let them get their side across. An investigative journalist needs to be completely unbiased.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-05-08 11:55

      Could we please have Justice Mohlala in her place ? Excellent guy !

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-05-08 12:12

      The only person that I know to have come out tops with Debora Patta was Julius Malema. I enjoyed that interview.

      Pelmane Mulongo - 2013-05-08 12:45

      3rd degree in itself is (or was) a very good program. But Debora made it really awful, insulting and disrespecting people on air. Many of the interviewees were wrong in whatever they were being interviewed for, but that did and could not give Debora the right to insult any of them stupid and other such names... I will personally not miss her. There are other investigative programs like special assignment and many others that you all can enjoy (although they usually do not touch on topics that involve directly high placed government officials). Someone commented down here that Malema was the only one that stood to Debora. In fact, although I am far from being a fan of Juju, I have to agree with this statement. Maybe Malema and Debora are just of the same kind, the thug kind of people, who can easily insult others even on air.

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-05-08 12:50


      Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-08 14:18

      Yes she was pretty awful. Ciao Deborah.

      Ahava Shapiro - 2013-05-08 14:28

      A lot of racists will be trilled with this news

      Bullet Proof - 2013-05-08 17:23

      Good Riddance

      John Wayne - 2013-05-08 21:14

      I thought her surname was Springer..

      Ahava Shapiro - 2013-05-08 21:19

      Yep, I was right

      Farai Mbx Major Mubaiwa - 2013-05-09 01:00

      but we all luvd it when she grilled wee julius

      Torq Smith - 2013-05-09 14:57

      i must admit will miss her, for the fact that she terrorised Malema ,she is the best

  • Tim Rogers - 2013-05-07 22:16


      Mable Jacobs - 2013-05-08 09:04

      I don't even know why people agreed to be interview by her. She was never interested in whatt her guest had to say, her mind was already made. There are far much better jurno who dont come across as bi7chy and arrogant as she is

      Cedric Mdokwe - 2013-05-08 10:06

      she will probably learn interview skills out of e-tv bcos e-tv didn't train her properly or stopped her during all her poor interviewing of her guests...hope she will learn wherever she is going

      Charmian Green - 2013-05-08 20:21

      Lots of hate coming her way - I liked the way she would insist that they answer her question and not 'respect' their position. I loved her!

  • Jason Johnson - 2013-05-07 22:17

    Never watched 3rd degree so don't really care. Goodbye and good luck.

      Kgakgamatso Phatlane - 2013-05-08 13:56're speaciaaaaaal.

  • Akhona Mabuza - 2013-05-07 22:18

    Deborah Patta is 3rd Degree without her im afraid there's no 3rd Degree

      Megala Arxithia - 2013-05-08 06:10

      3rd degree was the most unprofessional locally made show on air so you are not missing out on anything. And good riddance to bad rubbish...we aint gonna miss you Debrah, you horrible witch!

  • Jane Ramaisa - 2013-05-07 22:19

    what??? oh nooo hlena. m sure government (anc) officials r dng de victory dance nw dat 3rd degree wil b no mre. eish y mara etv? mxm

      Markus Hegewisch - 2013-05-07 22:30

      Please type your comment in English next time.

      Sean Redmond - 2013-05-07 23:15

      engrish plse

      Megala Arxithia - 2013-05-08 06:10

      That is the English being taught at schools today..its called cellphone English!

      Tozz Mbhobho Funani - 2013-05-08 06:28

      I thought there were eleven official languages in this country if you don't understand here just scroll down!!!!

      Cliff Slabbert - 2013-05-08 07:37

      What language is that????

      Albert Lubbe - 2013-05-08 08:08

      The ROMBELONS have landed.Anybody speaking KLINGON?

      Sue Oluhle - 2013-05-08 12:31

      The 12th language, Mxlish

      Gillian Goodfellow Sanderson - 2013-05-08 15:24


  • Bheki Maselela - 2013-05-07 22:19

    resting period for corrupt officials.

      Carl De Beer - 2013-05-08 16:01

      Agreed,the truth hurts

  • Victor Mahasha - 2013-05-07 22:20

    No debra no third Degree!!!

  • Henk Tredoux - 2013-05-07 22:23

    Best news in years!!! Good luck to who ever gives her a freelance opportunity!

  • Chrono Man - 2013-05-07 22:25

    Tatta Patta.

  • Itumeleng Motete - 2013-05-07 22:26

    Legendary news anchor..she will be surely i know politians i very much happy that she is leaving.

      Emjay Mathabathe - 2013-05-09 13:45

      Politicians and racists who don't even know Justice Malala and call him Justice Mohlala.Why is it that i can spell "van der westhuizen", Oosthuizen, V/d Merwe, etc?

  • Charles Ash - 2013-05-07 22:30

    Standby for the new show..."No degree...just 2 tenders". ;-)

  • Amos Jaja Job - 2013-05-07 22:33

    Sad day for investigative journalism.

      Tshepiso Khumalo - 2013-05-07 23:11

      It's been a sad day ever since she joined

  • Thebe Tau - 2013-05-07 22:35

    Farewell the orange one farewell.

  • Henka Kotzee - 2013-05-07 22:46

    Well done Deborah you have play your role and keep us updated in south Africa and really you have done a good job. May you be blessed with your change and keep up the good work.

      Arden Makalane - 2013-05-08 00:29

      She did a remarkable job. Hated by those who have something to hide or those who are comfortable burying their heads in the sand with all this rot around us. Whatever your reasons for leaving etv Deborah, i wish you the very best in the future.

      Siyathemba Shuan - 2013-05-08 09:32

      please proof read your comment before you comment next time. make sure it's in correct tenses thank you.

  • Tshepo Lekabe - 2013-05-07 22:51

    strong women who stood his ground.she inspired a lot of students studying jenourlism and many African women we miss her etv will miss her.

      Karl Klopjag - 2013-05-08 01:15

      "Jenourlism?" I'd quit now, if I were you...

      Mawande Wanda Xoki - 2013-05-08 05:22

      Dude!!!!, what language is this??

      iNJBL - 2013-05-08 07:00

      Basic education gone wrong!

      Cliff Slabbert - 2013-05-08 07:40

      Eish!!! Tshepo !!!!

      Sue Oluhle - 2013-05-08 12:34

      Lol, eish you people

      Jafari Shaquille - 2013-05-08 16:50

      tshepo , go ask for your money back .... "or you are also a strong womEn"

      Charmian Green - 2013-05-08 20:25

      Hey, stop being so picky, everyone makes a typo now and then; especially when using a phone keypad!

  • Lambert Simango - 2013-05-07 22:52

    Malema might as well apply. Hahahhahhaaha.

      Meshack Tebogo - 2013-05-07 22:58

      Hahahahahahaha the world will finally come to en end (juju) lol

  • Meshack Tebogo - 2013-05-07 22:53

    We will miss you and you won't forget juju too

  • Clement Dipico - 2013-05-07 22:55

    She just said that Arthur offered her a job after an interview some odd years, maybe she finally took the offer after this years' April interview.

  • Craig Hopkins - 2013-05-07 22:59

    And the ANC dimwits breathe a sigh of relief

  • ShaunCro - 2013-05-07 23:13

    Well with the implemenration of the anc's sanctioned bill for hiding corruption does she really have a job?

  • Phemelo El-Matador Valentine - 2013-05-07 23:18

    She was practically 3rd Degree

  • Stephen James Williams - 2013-05-07 23:21

    Deborag Patta is one of the reasons why I dont have a tv

      Thapelo Wa Lekhosi Ditsele - 2013-05-07 23:50

      Lol, y r u sayin that Steph?? I mean this women was doing a wonderful job @ 3rd degree, i say big up 2 her.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-07 23:24

    Now to get rid of Maggs on Media ugh puke

      mapepaki - 2013-05-08 15:12

      Yes Maggs on media must go.

  • Puseletso van der More - 2013-05-07 23:28

    you are such an inspiration,we will miss you

  • Moss Kop - 2013-05-07 23:28

    I hope President Zuma must follow on you foot steps, u were starting to loose it. It is better to walk before u do damage. Than live causing lot of damage.

  • Eldred Mothapo Analytical Critic - 2013-05-07 23:39

    hard-hitting journalist , i do'nt get why people are expressing grieve. People like her are what keeps our society in shape. In a way she was a watchdog, that kept politicians and and other shenanigans in line. Lots of respect for that woman !

  • DorothyAnne Sutton - 2013-05-07 23:53

    I always thought her style was rather aggressive - so not my favourite interviewer.

  • motho.batho.98 - 2013-05-08 00:02

    People are not being told the truth about eTV, eTV has been struggling operationally although "profitable". The reason why is now called eNCA is because eTV is bought by an American private equity firm, which changed eTV strategy and more changes are the pipeline. Be on the look for changes at eTV.

      MJ - 2013-05-08 00:54

      When ENCA signed a deal to be broadcast by SKY Network in the UK, the channel was forced into altering their name from ETV News to ENCA, in order to avoid a brand conflict with an pre-existing channel on the network.

      Megala Arxithia - 2013-05-08 06:14

      Etv is the most unprofessional tv station on this planet and a load of hogwash to boot!

  • Maleho Mothabeng - 2013-05-08 00:12

    Good the show lost is investigative journalism ages ago - it had become more of a tabloid now and debra like a gossip columnist rather than a report

      Karl Klopjag - 2013-05-08 01:18

      A tabloid is a newspaper.

  • Molatudi Judge - 2013-05-08 00:38

    She was very good in what she was doing lyk it or not! Wish u all the best wherever u go Deborah

  • Karl Klopjag - 2013-05-08 01:14

    Outstanding at her job -- kowtowed to nobody, no matter how much of a hotshot they thought they were. And she can think on her feet and not just read questions off a script. Nobody was on the show against their will. So, if they thought they were smart enough to take her on and see her off, it was their own fault if she shredded them.

  • Cee Kay Sithole - 2013-05-08 01:42

    eTv changed to eNCA,why??? Something fishy,thus the reason Deborah quits,famous journalists will follow

      Richard Scully - 2013-05-08 02:09

      Because there is already another etv channel that existed about 100 years before enca so the dink who called enca etv in the first place needs a kick up the arse

  • Nolubabalo Millie - 2013-05-08 02:46

    Man, what a pity...I loved her Ruthlessness towards her interviewees, especially the rotten ones. They will breathe a sigh of relief now..

  • Sakhekile Sakieman - 2013-05-08 02:55

    i wont miss you

  • Neil Douglas Lovegrove - 2013-05-08 03:36 news all year, Bloody awful woman...

      Jacques Pretorius - 2013-05-08 05:21

      Hopefully they'll appoint a journalist in her place.

  • Halala Maphisa - 2013-05-08 03:53

    Good luck Deborah all the best,3rd Degree will never be the same!!!!!!

      Hendrik Schutte - 2013-05-08 16:33

      Have to agree, it will never be the same. if it continues can only IMPROVE.

  • Pieter Visser - 2013-05-08 03:54

    Maybe some new blood for Carte much baddies yet so little time to oust them publicly.

  • Edwin Dinake - 2013-05-08 04:05

    I'll miss her

  • benjaminmotto - 2013-05-08 04:09

    We will miss You Deborah no fear no faovor

  • benjaminmotto - 2013-05-08 04:09

    We will miss You Deborah no fear no faovor

  • Cuba N Mngoma - 2013-05-08 04:50

    Debonah she's justice no deborah no justice, pity hey!!! #im sure thez some celebrating! #im gona miss her oustanding job #i guess it the end of real confront jounalism Big up and goodluck Deborah!#

  • Stefan Grundlingh - 2013-05-08 05:26


  • Yanga Ndita - 2013-05-08 05:29

    she was good at her job. no one can ever replace her

  • Mpho Ramatsoma Snr - 2013-05-08 05:33

    Gud luck Deborah,u ve bn the reason i watched 3rd deg. 4 many years,ur good jeanoulist n investigative skills were brilliant.m glad u decided not to work in any of our corrupt departments.gud luck God bless

  • Warren Carne - 2013-05-08 05:50

    Who cares.

  • Gideon Viljoen - 2013-05-08 05:57

    Malema is so happy now

      Valerie Lawrence - 2013-05-08 07:17

      No body will take her place I think deb smells big trouble in this country so she is going overseas don't blame her I loved her good luck girl

  • Sidwell Motaung - 2013-05-08 05:58

    all the best of luck on your endeavours, will miss the hardcore journalism indeed.

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2013-05-08 06:01

    Good luck and strongs for the future. Gonna be difficult to replace you.

      Titus Chauke - 2013-05-08 06:33

      she is not irreplaceable and i realise she may have seen her show was had lost viewers.

  • Samuel Rogue - 2013-05-08 06:14

    Good riddance. That woman was irritating! I Never watched 3rd degree coz she never had tact or any proffessionalism.

  • Riffak Traws - 2013-05-08 06:18

    50 bux says crooks are relieved they won't get DPed on national TV anymore.