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CARTE BLANCHE: Vumacam – Big Brother or Guardian Angel?

25th March 2019

Amid spiking crime rates, tech platform Vumacam’s installation of CCTV cameras across Johannesburg – with a view to extending coverage nationwide – has encountered mixed reaction about the ethics involved. Symptomatic of the need for greater safety, the Carte Blanche presenter and crew were held at gunpoint and robbed while filming this insert. So while Vumacam raises the spectre of Big Brother looming, we ask how willing South Africans may be to trade privacy for the promise of 24/7 surveillance.