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<--PREVIOUS... murdered for their cell phones. What mattered was that the criminals were able to take out such a high profile businessman. It was confirmation that law and order had broken down and that no one in the land was safe.
The press went to town with the story, giving it front-page, headline prominence and extensive coverage for more than a week. In a TV feature the crime was graphically re-enacted, and the talk shows and phone-in programmes were flooded with calls.
This was a loss to the nation. In bullshit obituaries and profiles Dreyer’s career was described in adulatory detail. From the moment he entered his father’s engineering firm he had shown hardheaded entrepreneurial flair. He had expanded the business and won lucrative orders from top mining houses. After the death of his father he and his younger brother had begun to diversify. By his mid-forties he was at the helm of an organisation with interests in mining, engineering, construction and retail. His political shrewdness was legendary, and had greatly assisted in the relentless expansion of his business interests as the country’s economy continued to grow. His dynamism and acumen would be sorely missed. South Africa could not afford to lose men of this calibre. The government must declare war on the criminals.
No mention was made of his less admirable qualities or the fact that many celebratory glasses had been raised to mark the news of his passing.

Although it was agreed that Dreyer had died at the hands of car hijackers – there was no dispute about that – there was a puzzling aspect to the crime. In the absence of broken glass or any other evidence of a violent hold-up, how had the car been brought to a halt, and why had the driver opened his window? After all, this vehicle was fitted with the latest security system. It included an anti-hijack radar device that acted as a double-layer force-field around the car. This would have automatically locked doors and closed windows and set off a siren if anyone had approached too close.

Two days elapsed and neither the car nor the female passenger had been found. A rumour began to circulate that the police were investigating the possibility that the woman might be implicated in the crime. Then on the third day she was found.

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