- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

SOUTH AFRICA

Mining magnate fatally shot

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa was in shock yesterday after the slaying of mining magnate Brett Kebble, who was fatally shot at the wheel of his silver Mercedes in the upscale Melrose district of this city.

Mr. Kebble, 41, who had championed black empowerment and cultivated ties with the governing African National Congress, was fatally shot Tuesday sometime between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m., police said. His body was found slumped over the steering wheel of his bullet-riddled car local press reported.

A tireless dealmaker, Mr. Kebble apparently was driving to a business associate’s house for a dinner party when he was killed.

NIGERIA

State governor arrested in London

LAGOS — Supporters of a state governor accused in Britain of handling $3.2 million in ill-gotten funds threatened reprisals against oil installations in his region yesterday.

Gov. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha of southern Bayelsa state was brought before Bow Street magistrates in London to hear the three money-laundering charges. He was refused bail and remanded in custody, a British police spokesman said. Mr. Alamieyeseigha was arrested Sept. 15 as he passed through London’s Heathrow Airport. Scotland Yard detectives reportedly found $1.77 million in cash at his luxury London mansion.

Weekly notes …

South African President Thabo Mbeki said yesterday that he was “quite certain” that an African program to review good governance would expose corruption in South Africa. “We are ready to submit ourselves to an African peer-review system … it is a very important advance on this continent,” Mr. Mbeki said at the opening of a two-day conference. He said Ghana, one of the first countries to submit itself to peer review, was open about corruption … and “I am quite certain that that problem is going to surface in this country as well.” … Zimbabwe has ordered the eviction of about 70 families that were given farms in 2001 taken from white farmers in Mashonaland West to make way for an agricultural research station, the Daily Mirror reported yesterday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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