'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

Questions remain around the death of Mark Minnie, co-author of the controversial book 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' who was found dead in Port Elizabeth on Monday night.

The book implicates three former National Party ministers, including Magnus Malan, as central figures in a paedophilia ring that operated during apartheid.

Another journalist who made the same dark discoveries as Minnie is Gavin Evans. He first began investigating the allegations back in the 90s and even interviewed Malan himself.

He says he also spoke to Minnie back in the 90s regarding his investigations on the allegations.

Read: Jacques Pauw: We need more evidence on the 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' book

The apartheid state, besides from all its other evils, was deeply corrupt and having a paedophile network involving some of the key players just adds to the picture of what a terrible disgusting system it was.

Gavin Evans, Journalist

Evans says there have been at least two other deaths, ruled as suicide, of people working on the story.

I can't make any judgement on Mark Minnie's death, I just think that Dave Allen committed suicide when he was about to expose what was happening, John Wiley committed suicide and now Mark Minnie, it looks suspicious.

Gavin Evans, Journalist

There are all these rumours about a suicide network at the heart of apartheid which made murder look like suicide. I can't say that's what happened, it might be that he did take his own life but I remain to be convinced of that.

Gavin Evans, Journalist

Evans says that Minnie did mention to him that he was afraid that the people involved in the network might harm him in order to 'shut him up'.

He mentioned that specifically to me that he was afraid for his life and that the people would want to keep him quiet at any cost.

Gavin Evans, Journalist

To hear the rest of the conversation with Gavin Evans, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'


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