Rautenbach and Bredenkamp added to EU's Zimbabwe blacklist

Billy Rautenbach and John Bredenkamp have been added to the European Union’s blacklist of people thought to be supporting the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, a move that will see their companies’ assets frozen

Rautenbach, a well-known figure in the Central African cobalt market and a shareholder in Central African Mining and Exploration Co (Camec), was added to the list on Tuesday for “having strong links to the government of Zimbabwe”, according to the EU’s official journal. Rautenbach is also thought to have supported senior regime officials during Zimbabwe’s intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the Second Congo War (1998-2003), the official journal said. Ridgepoint Overseas, a company owned by Rautenbach and run from the British Virgin Islands, has had its assets frozen as part of the increased EU sanctions imposed against Zimbabwe on Monday. Ridgepoint is believed...


Clementine Wallop

January 27, 2009

12:56 GMT