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Vol 40 No 25

Published 17th December 1999

South Africa

Busting Billy

The South African police investigation into Zimbabwean entrepreneur Billy Rautenbach risks escalating into a diplomatic clash between Pretoria and Harare. Rautenbach is a close associate of Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and is held up as a key commercial ally for Harare's strategy in the Congo-Kinshasa war (Vol 40 No 22). Rautenbach's Ridgepointe company has also taken over some of Congo's richest mineral assets in an opaque deal negotiated with President Laurent-Désiré Kabila's Minister of State Pierre-Victor Mpoyo.

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