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A white mining magnate, he was politically well connected and with his BEE partners was staking and making fortunes investing in the booming extractive industries sector. Then, in September , Kebble was found dead — slumped at the wheel of one of his cars on a quiet Johannesburg street.
He had been shot a number of times at close quarters. The immediate assumption was he was the unwitting victim of a car jacking or hold-up that had gone disastrously, and bloodily, wrong.
The story alleges that Kebble and his associates were certainly mixed up in a murky world of corruption, influence pedalling, kickbacks, political machinations and, quite possibly, organised crime.
Brett Kebble arrived on the South African mining scene in , according to Wiener. As she explains it, his father Roger — a retired mining engineer — had pumped his cash into a year-old embattled mine called Rand Leases. And Wiener never quite explains where his apparent great wealth originated. The budgets are always huge. So the risk element of the industry is massive.
Kebble was thought to be bankrolling the ousted former deputy president, Jacob Zuma, in his power struggle with then President Thabo Mbeki.
Yet Wiener points out that the political situation was, in fact, not that clear cut. At the time, Selebi was widely seen as being loyal to Mbeki. He accused Ngcuka, along with Justice Minister Penuell Maduna, of pursuing a private agenda against him. Five central figures But five figures are central to the story — including the aforementioned Jackie Selebi.
In return, he would be given blanket indemnity for the crimes that he had committed. When Schultz, Smith and McGurk were arrested, they were controversially offered a similar deal — tell all, testify and get indemnity the South African term for immunity from prosecution. Certainly, there is a lot of circumstantial evidence that Kebble had sought an assisted suicide to escape the gathering financial storm that was threatening his business reputation, and his behaviour in the days prior to his death, according to his manservant Andrew Minnaar, was odd.
But do these factors prove that Kebble had sought an assisted suicide? His father and brother do not believe it was in his nature to have done so. But Wiener interviewed Schultz, Smith and McGurk, who walked free, and they are adamant that he wanted to be killed. Yet there remains the possibility that Kebble was hoodwinked by his friends and colleagues into meeting his killers on that September night, perhaps to stage a fake kidnapping and disappearance. This book is a formidable piece of research that includes selected court transcripts.
But it might have benefited from a more structured approach, and Wiener could also have offered more in the way of a closure to this whole sordid affair. But her particular journalistic background, rolling news, rarely offers conclusions. Rate this article.
Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed