Outgoing Eskom CEO André de Ruyter survives an attempt at cyanide poisoning. The bodyguard of Fort Hare University vice-chancellor Sakhela Buhlungu dies in an assassination hit that seems to have been meant for Buhlungu himself.

This news in the first few weeks of a new year must do more than have us simply despair at the lawlessness and criminality gripping SA. What these assassination attempts mean is that fewer South Africans will be willing to put up their hands for the jobs required to rehabilitate and reform our country and state...

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