Kebble trial: Men paid to put auditor ‘out of commission’

2010-07-27 12:23

A state witness in the murder trial of mining magnate Brett Kebble

told the Johannesburg High Court how two men were paid R150 000 to shoot Allan

Gray auditor Stephen Mildenhall.

Nigel McGurk told the court that he and another state witness

Faizel Smith paid two men in Cape Town R150 000 to shoot Mildenhall, and make it

look like an attempted hijacking. They were not ordered to kill Mildenhall, but

merely “put him out of commission” for two to three months.

This was done and Mildenhall’s wallet and drivers’ licence were

handed to Kebble’s head of security Clinton Nassif as proof.

McGurk was the second witness called by the state in the trial of

convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti, on trial for Kebble’s murder.

He worked for Nassif, the director of security company Central

National Security Group, along with boxer Michael Schultz who testified


Mildenhall was employed by Allan Gray Limited, a registered

investment portfolio manager, which held the investment portfolios of Kebble’s

JCI and RandGold and Exploration (R&E) mining companies.

Mildenhall discovered in 2005 that both JCI and R&E had failed

to comply with listing requirements of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Mildenhall was a party to meetings between officials of Investec

Bank and JCI.

The Kebbles were seeking a loan for JCI to save it from possible

liquidation. Mildenhall proposed that for JCI to recover, Kebble should not be

allowed to continue having control over the company.

Kebble, Schultz testified yesterday, told Nassif he wanted

Mildenhall “out of commission” until the deal went through.

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