|Wed, 29 Nov 2006|
Posted: Wed, 28 Sep 2005
[miningmx.com] -- BRETT Kebble (41), the unpredictable mining businessman who was recently deposed from the boards of Western Areas and Randgold & Exploration, was shot dead while driving in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.Kebble was found dead in his car, a silver Mercedes, on Atholl Oaklands Road, situated in a leafy Johannesburg suburb. According to Chris Wilkens, a spokesman for the South African Police, there was evidence Kebble had been followed. A spokesman for the Kebble family confirmed that police had opened a murder investigation. According to reports, Kebble had a dinner arrangement with Sello Rasethaba, CEO of Matodzi Resources. Both he and Andile Nkuhlu, a business partner of Kebble's and associated through the ANC Youth League, were at the scene of the crime. Police estimate the shooting occured between 9pm and 9.15pm (South African time). More than one shot had been fired to the upper body. The mortuary van took Kebble's body away at about 1.45am (South African time). Kebble's car had been partially driven off the road on to the bridge curb where it came to rest facing Johannesburg. "I'm shocked and amazed. I hope this doesn't affect perceptions of doing business in South Africa," said Ferdi Dippenaar, Harmony Gold commercial director and who was long associated with Kebble. An audibly shaken Mark Wellesley-Wood, CEO of DRDGOLD, a company that often locked horns with JCI, said he was devastated: "My thoughts are with Brett's wife and children," he said. Born in 1964 Springs, a satellite mining town near Johannesburg, Brett Kebble was the first son of Roger Kebble, a well known mining entrepreneur. In 1981, he obtained a first class matriculation grade from St Andrews School in Welkom, and graduated from the University of Cape Town seven years later.