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.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Killing Kebble by Mandy Wiener. The top-level investigation that followed was a tipping-point for democratic South Africa. Glenn Agliotti, the man once accused of orchestrating the hit, has also provided Wiener with unlimited access to his story, as have other characters whose versions of the events are previously untold.
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Sort order. Jun 29, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: south-african-politics-non-fiction , reviewed , south-africa.
Phew, I cannot imagine why I constantly want to read these kind of books. They spin me into a depression which no pill can remedy for several weeks! Mandy Wiener wrote: "If there is anything I have learnt during the process of writing this book, it has been the inherent value of the concepts of loyalty and trust. For many of those I interviewed, the value placed on a person's word far outweighs that of a legal document or signature.
Most have placed their faith in me on the basis of my undertaki Phew, I cannot imagine why I constantly want to read these kind of books. Most have placed their faith in me on the basis of my undertaking that I would handle their stories with objectivity, rectitude and integrity. I hope I have achieved that. She relied heavily on an arsenal of media resources to chronologically paste the background, actual events and characters involved together in "this saga of corruption at the very highest of levels, of insatiable greed, unpalatable political interference, the abhorrent abuse of state agencies and the downright dirty and dangerous tactics employed by agents hired to scare and kill.
After much consideration I decided to give it five stars, simply because I believe that history should be written by more than one author to counterbalance the noble nonsense that is prescribed in schools. It also took a lot of guts to get this book out there and live to tell the tale! My impressions and comments on the content: The only period in which South Africa became the blue-eyed wonder child of the world, was when Mr.
Nelson Mandela came on stage and idealistically worked on an integrated society where forgiveness and hope were the basis of a new beginning. But it was the only, and last time that his nirvana would exist. The greedy mafia in his own party, waiting for his retirement, just could not wait any longer to start plundering the country's resources in shocking and very creative ways! It was soon evident that his ideals did not match those in his party. This book is a detailed report of some of these atrocities.
The weapon scandal, the other mines being looted, the gross mismanagement of public funds and the story of thousands of murders, complete this new history of South Africa. Every day hundreds of workers lose their jobs because of this heartless coldblooded mafia who is suppose to serve the public. Mandy Wiener just contributed a little bit more to the story with this book. How the legal system is masterfully manipulated to protect government officials, underworld predators acting as noble public servants, is so well illustrated in this book.
Regardless of Brett Kebble's demise - the question remains if a murder was staged as an assisted suicide - the deeper level of this book highlights the extraordinary skills used in public service to protect the high and mighty on all levels. Nobody went to jail in this story. In my opinion Brett Kebble was the doorway to some of the riches of South Africa. An intelligent, talented, kind man who went to extraordinary lengths to be loved and accepted on all levels of society.
He made many so-called friends, including high ranking public figures, the ANC Youth League, captains of industry, and many more who all benefitted from his looting of three big companies in the gold industry.
He tried to help them all, dishing out millions to their dreams and schemes, and went totally overboard, like a dog trying to please his blood-sucking fleas by lying down and let them suck him dry.
And when his use was over, he was 'let go' - barely alive but useless and dangerous. He knew too much. He had bad relationships with his dad and brother - very bad.
In the end he substituted them with the fleas for the love and admiration he so craved. A tragic figure who paid the ultimate price. He was a puppet in the hands of too many puppeteers. Mandy Wiener managed to keep me riveted to the book. I even read the acknowledgments! She is one of the courageous writers who should be hailed for her perseverance and guts. She truly succeeded in keeping her tale compassionate, honest and objective.
View all 18 comments. Mar 23, Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves: south-african , non-fiction , current-affairs. Side note: This review originally appeared on the women24 website, which you can find here.
An in-depth look at how the death of Brett Kebble exposed corrupt relations between high-profile public servants and organised crime syndicates. The years of investigation that followed exposed the corrupt relationship between SA's former Chief of Police, Jackie Selebi and businessman, Glenn Agliotti.
In excha Side note: This review originally appeared on the women24 website, which you can find here. Agliotti, in turn, provides his own version of how the events unfolded.
In this book, journalist Mandy Wieners recounts the startling details of the business tycoon's demise and what ensued thereafter. I'm neither a fan of non-fiction or current affairs, but I was intrigued and I somehow knew this book would offer some important facts and answers about the Kebble case that has had many people scratching their heads in confusion.
And I was right. This book is no quick read. In fact, I believe that it shouldn't be read in one sitting. The info is actually so overwhelming that one really needs to take a step back to absorb everything that's being laid before you. It's also a rather convoluted story which shines a spotlight on just how little we, as readers and South Africans, know of the strings being pulled behind the scenes.
One of the biggest surprises is the realisation of this murky underworld that dates back to the early '90s, when the club scene in and around SA began flourishing. This is essentially where Mikey Schultz starts his tale.
Mandy paints a violently realistic portrayal of the squalid and shady ganglands. She is an incredibly gifted writer and her ability to tell the story, without passing any judgement, is one of the reasons that I think this book is such a phenomenal success. She relates Mikey, Nigel McGurk and Kappie Smith's stories in such an undeniably riveting manner that one can't help but feel a bit of empathy for them - even while you are aware of all the horrible crimes that they've committed.
Because, let's face it, if Brett Kebble had not been killed in the manner he was, there would be no story to tell. It's an absorbing read that casts a sobering look at how unhinged the corruption within our very own justice system has become and how, the people who are supposed to protect us, have failed - not only in this book, but us as South African citizens too.
I highly recommend this book and believe that every South African should read it. Apr 15, Tania Kliphuis rated it really liked it Shelves: print-books , wont-read-again , liked-it.
I have a lot of respect for Mandy Weiner. How she managed to keep tabs on all the developing events of this case, and keep a cool head in the face of being charmed by the "bad guys" is a marvel. And yet she did it, and she got a book out of it too. And what a book it is. This is a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in politics and the dirty games politicians play to keep themselves in power. It's also a tale of how the South African political system has a lot of growing up to do.
It see I have a lot of respect for Mandy Weiner. It seems unreal that stuff like this really happens in my city. View 1 comment. Mar 03, Zaheera Walker rated it it was amazing.
Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed