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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed
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 , liked-it , wont-read-again. 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. Telling it like it is Dec 30, Mya rated it it was ok. The story itself is interesting and intriguing. I think that the author did a good job with Mikey Schultz, Nigel and Kappie as characters, but others weren't as well developed and harder to relate to. She also would slip into journalism mode quite often and there was a lot data to try and absorb names, dates, information which I struggled with as sometimes I had to concentrate quite hard to keep track of everything.
Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed
I did find it quite a tiring book to read, but I think if you're interested in The story itself is interesting and intriguing. I did find it quite a tiring book to read, but I think if you're interested in the Brett Kebble story and the political story related to it, it's probably worth a read. Jun 22, Al rated it it was amazing. This book really kept me interested from the first page to the last - well-written and an easy style that makes for easy-reading, despite it being quite a heavy subject. Her ability seems to lie in the fact that although you know full well that these guys are "bad boys" you still cant help liking them.
Her research was fantastic and her obvious ability to engage well with the people interviewed came through well. I would this book to anybody who has an interest in politics in SA - her background in This book really kept me interested from the first page to the last - well-written and an easy style that makes for easy-reading, despite it being quite a heavy subject. I would this book to anybody who has an interest in politics in SA - her background information is excellent and I ended up seeing the people concerned in a different light.
Aug 19, Ulrike Hill rated it it was amazing. Mandy Wiener has brought the characters to life in a well written book. At times i felt some sympathy for the three killers until I am reminded of the fact that they are thugs. Wiener has highlighted the fact that the criminals are actually the ones who are in power with friends in high ranking positions. The book shows that money and an inept crime fighting force can buy you your freedom. A compelling read. Oct 21, Mariaan rated it liked it. This man lived a lavish life and was bankrupt. The amount of money he stole and used to keep up his lifestyle is just crazy.
Still no one has any idea if he was assasinated or assisted, who knows. As for Mickey Schultz and his buddies, they are no heroes, they are just no justifying killing someone..
Mar 20, Matthew White rated it liked it. The mysterious death of crooked mining magnate Kebble makes for a fascinating story.
Wiener is a good reporter; unfortunately, she is not a polished writer. This in combination with some of the worst editing I have ever encountered makes the book immensely tedious at times.
Also, Macmillan SA, part of the great international publishing group, let down the author by failing to provide an index, which such a complex account with so many characters requires. Sep 13, Vicky Jennings rated it liked it. An amazing true story. This novel does not do it full justice, but it certainly exposes the underside of the gangster world and the corruption that seeps through the society. I would have liked less of the journalistic approach and more of the novelist's approach in this.
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Nevertheless, although it is pretty jerky and needs flow and rhythm to make it a good thriller, it is a powerful story and well worth reading. Oct 02, Joseph Monk rated it really liked it. Very good reporting on a very troubling case. The book makes for good reading, after one has read the newspaper reports. It pulls things together in a nice novelistic way, well structured and exciting..