Creamer Media’s Polity speaks to award winning journalist Mandy Wiener about her book, Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed.
In September 2005, one of South Africa’s most prominent mining magnates and businessmen, Brett Kebble, was killed on a quiet suburban street in Johannesburg. The top-level investigation into the case that followed was a tipping point for democratic South Africa, exposing the corrupt relationship between the country’s Chief of Police and Interpol president Jackie Selebi, and suave Mafioso Glenn Agliotti.
A lawless Johannesburg underbelly was revealed – dominated by drug lords, steroid-filled bouncers, an international smuggling syndicate, a shady security unit moonlighting for the police and sinister self-serving sleuths abusing state agencies.
Indemnified by an agreement struck with the state, Kebble’s killers Mikey Schultz, Nigel McGurk and Fiazel “Kappie” Smith come clean to Wiener in exclusive interviews about the events of the night Kebble was shot dead.
As Wiener unpacks the chilling events, we are given insight into the accounts of the life paths leading the ‘bungling assassins’ to Kebble’s killing. The man accused of orchestrating Kebble’s murder, Agliotti has provided Wiener with exclusive access to his story, as have a cast of other characters whose versions of the events are as yet untold.*
* Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed is published by Pan Macmillan South Africa