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SHE cuts the figure of a hardened news hound and speaks the language too. This style comes from 20 years of hard news gathering for mainly radio and television, most of it exposés that earned her the respect of her peers as well as viewers.
I am meeting Debora Patta, the anchor of 3rd Degree, the e.tv investigative show, on the eve of the show turning 10 years tonight.
With traces of make-up still on her face Patta apologises, and takes a seat in one of the e.tv boardrooms to talk about the show's journey.
It is impossible to talk about 3rd Degree without Patta, a name that has assumed brand status on South African television. Her name is written all over 3rd Degree, which leads me to ask her whether she thinks that if she were to step down as executive producer and presenter the show would still go on. In other words, can the show exist without the Patta name?
"I know I am a brand name and it is difficult not to associate the show with Deborah Patta. But the fact of the matter is that I work with a wonderful team that puts a lot of effort into it and the result is a joint effort," she says.
Having worked in mainly television and radio for 20 years, I wonder if she is feeling jaded?
"I am actually feeling energised. The first few years we were getting the 3rd-Degree brand known.
"You must remember that we were up against M-Net's Carte Blanche and SABC3s Special Assignment. But today, in terms of viewership, we surpass both shows. We had to pioneer a certain style of news presentation and investigation that also involved tough questioning."
Now it is exactly this kind of tough questioning, sometimes being dramatic in the way she confronts those at the mercy of the show's investigative exposés, that sometimes makes Patta look as if she is the subject of the show and not the other way round.
I have heard these complaints from many of her critics.
I bring this to her attention.
"This show and its style is very much my creation. The problem with our journalists is that they are often afraid to ask authorities tough questions. And if they attempt to do so, they in some cases ask the wrong questions. As to why this is so, I simply do not understand.
Confronting wrongdoers is the nature of the 3rd-Degree style, holding those who are powerful to account for their actions," she says.
Among the highlights of 3rd Degree, Pattanoted the exposés of an Mkhonto we Sizwe school that was funded and staffed, but had no students, the RDP housing scandal done jointly with Sowetan, in which houses were sold by unscrupulous housing officials in cahoots with criminal syndicates, the interview with Julius Malema last year as well as an exposé on child abuse.
Is Patta ready to throw in the towel after a decade?
"No. no. There is still a lot to be done," she says.
When Patta is not busy exposing crooked people, she loves enjoying time with her two young children.
"I make sure I spend quality time with my family. I have two children, who are four and 10 years old. I always make time for them.
"My children actually do no take what I do on TV seriously. Another passion of mine is reading books and cooking. If I were to retire from journalism, I would probably run a restaurant," she says.
It was time for me to go.
Watch 3rd Degree on e.tv at 9.30pm and see the highlights of the show over the past 10 years.