Today is a busy day. I’ve packed up all my belongings, and given away what I can’t carry. After my ‘visit’ with the APR’s Oliver Tambossa, I got in contact with my South African bureau chief, Darren. He wants me back pronto. They’re assembling a small media unit to travel with me and I have to brief everybody. I also need to restock my cash and supplies. And right now, I especially need to hug my family tight. I should be gone for 2 weeks, but keep checking the blog. I’ll continue my updates from Johannesburg.
I spoke to Wayne Mudekwa before leaving, and thanked him for his efforts to protect me. I promised I’d be back determined to shine a light on the growing tensions, and to uncover the mystery behind the Jackal. I have to find who he is and what he’s doing here. Nasreen’s words still puzzle me: “There’s always the Jackal”.
Wayne told me his team’s been following an explosive story that should deliver a crushing blow to the warring factions. He wouldn’t give me details as the story’s not fully formed yet. I look forward to what they uncover.
Now it’s off to the airport for the short flight to South Africa. When next you hear from me, I’ll be in the comforts of my news office in Joburg.