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Jacques Pauw’s last book, The President’s Keepers, investigated damning allegations against President Jacob Zuma and the capture of state-owned entities – Photo by Gallo Images / Brenton Geach

Jacques Pauw criticises authors of The Lost Boys of Bird Island

Jacques Pauw did not mince his words in his review of the authors’ work in ‘The Lost Boys of Bird Island’.

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Jacques Pauw’s last book, The President’s Keepers, investigated damning allegations against President Jacob Zuma and the capture of state-owned entities – Photo by Gallo Images / Brenton Geach

A proclaimed author and investigative journalist himself, Jacques Pauw had some things to say about Mark Minnie and Christ Steyn, authors of the controversial book The Lost Boys of Bird Island.

He was highly critical of the mismanagement of crucial information and failing to disclose it correctly in the book. He even went on about how sloppy their police work was.

What is ‘The Lost Boys of Bird Island about’?

For those who have been stuck living under a rock, the book caused a lot of controversy, naming three apartheid ministers and a businessman who allegedly ran a paedophilia ring on Bird Island, off the coast of Port Elizabeth.

Read – The Lost Boys of Bird Island: three apartheid ministers named in paedophilia ring

Jacques Pauw casts doubt on Minnie and Steyn’s handling of pedo ring case

In an extensive review of the book, Pauw cast doubt on Minnie’s allegations of the ‘lost boys’. For the author of The President’s Keeper, Minnie’s conduct and ethics in the handling of the investigation back then was very questionable.

He also laid it in on Chris Steyn and questioned why she never disclosed that she was once married to a member of an alleged group of apartheid army assassins.

This information, according to Pauw, is highly crucial, since Steyn herself implicated the murderous group in the mysterious deaths of John Wiley and Dave Allen, the two people who were allegedly involved in the paedophilia ring.

It was determined that Wiley and Allen had committed suicide and that was that.

Similarly, last month the country was rocked by the news of Mark Minnie, who was found on a friend’s property in Theescombe, Port Elizabeth, with a gunshot to the head and the weapon that killed him laying next to his body.

Read – Mark Minnie: Co-author of The Lost Boys of Long Island found dead

Pauw suggested that if Minnie had handled things more appropriately in the past, maybe Allen would still be alive.

“Allen would have appeared in court in the morning, might have been detained while awaiting trial, and would have split the beans on the involvement of the cabinet ministers in his paedophilia ring,” Pauw added.

He also claimed that Minnie may have been dishonest about the fact that he was forced to shut down the investigation.

Read – Mark Minnie latest: More questions as police confirm author did not use own gun

He added that

“a prosecutor can refuse to prosecute once the investigation has been completed and he has received the docket, but he cannot close a ‘living’ docket. Didn’t Minnie know this? Or is he lying?”

Pauw: Minnie may have wanted to profit from ‘missing’ docket in ’97

Pauw went on to question Minnie’s claims that dockets were removed and thus he lost all evidence of the case, including notes and recordings of the ‘lost boys’.

“A journalist friend that worked in Port Elizabeth in the ’90s told me that around 1997, Minnie offered to sell the Bird Island docket to him for around R20,000. He said he is prepared to make an affidavit in this regard,” he revealed.

Thus, according to Pauw, this raises serious questions about why Minnie waited 30 years to publish such damning information.

Barend Du Plessis, in an interview with Rapport, revealed that he was the third minister. Expectedly, he denied all allegations made in the book and challenged the authors to provide any kind of evidence to substantiate their claims.

Pauw, returning to Steyn, could not fathom why, after implicating a surgeon who had allegedly treated one of the ‘lost boys’, she would withhold his identity.

“Why is she protecting his identity when he almost certainly made himself guilty of at least professional misconduct by failing to report serious sexual assault of a child to the authorities? He should be named and shamed,” he exclaimed.

Pauw summed up his review by stating that the affected boys deserved better. However, all thanks to Minnie, they would never get justice for the trauma they experienced.