• His son, Brett, arranged his own shooting death in 2005
  • Roger Kebble served on boards of JCI Gold, Western Areas

South African mining magnate Roger Kebble, whose son arranged his own suicide a decade ago, shot himself in his car in Cape Town, Eyewitness News reported.

Roger Kebble, who had served as a director on the boards of JCI and Randgold & Exploration Ltd., committed suicide, Johannesburg-based EWN said, citing Kebble’s son, Guy. The South African Police Service found the body of a 76-year-old man inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head in Bishopscourt, a Cape Town suburb, on Tuesday, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said in a e-mailed statement. The case is being investigated and no arrests have been made, the police said.

Roger Kebble’s son, Brett, who was forced to resign as chief executive officer of three mining companies, faced a probe after assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars went missing from Randgold & Exploration, a Johannesburg-based company that he led.

Brett was shot dead in his car in September 2005, near his Johannesburg home, less than a month after he quit posts at the insistence of company creditors. Mickey Schultz, an ex-bouncer, admitted to killing Brett Kebble as part of a suicide plan.

Roger Kebble was a “complex man” significantly involved in the restructuring of South Africa’s gold mining industry, Bernard Swanepoel, a former CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Co., said in an interview on 702 radio station. “Roger will get a good mention” in the nation’s mining history, he said.

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