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Vol 47 No 22

Published 3rd November 2006

South Africa

Legal minefields

Sheaves of litigation await mineral giant Gold Fields as it seeks to wrest control of the lucrative South Deep gold mine.

The issue centres on the legitmacy of share trading involving hundreds of milions of dollars undertaken by the late mining magnate Brett Kebble before he was murdered in 2005. Given Kebble's political connections, the matter could be embarassing and implicate ex-corporate associates keen to keep a lid on past dealings. It could also affect the investigation into Kebble's murder, believed to be a Mafia-style 'hit'.

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