Lost Boys of Bird Island not solid investigative journalism - Jacques Pauw

The Lost Boys of Bird Island, a book co-authored by Chris Steyn, exposed allegations of abuse of young boys by apartheid-era leaders.

The book recently suffered harsh criticism by investigative journalist Jacques Pauw. Steyn has since subjected herself to a polygraph test to prove she has been truthful in her investigation.

She speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about her experience writing the book.

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I have been accused of fabricating the allegations in the book and instigating the rumours contained in the book.

Chris Steyn, Co-author - The Lost Boys of Bird Island

I have been accused of being a Stratcom agent and conspiring to woefully destroy the reputation of certain people.

Chris Steyn, Co-author - The Lost Boys of Bird Island

I have also been accused of being involved in Mark Minnie's death.

Chris Steyn, Co-author - The Lost Boys of Bird Island

Steyn denies making any accusations and merely reported on allegations.

Those allegations were not only made to me but to many journalists over the years.

Chris Steyn, Co-author - The Lost Boys of Bird Island

If anybody can prove or disprove those allegations I urge them to come forward. They don't have to come and speak to me directly; let them go to the police.

Chris Steyn, Co-author - The Lost Boys of Bird Island

The book made it perfectly clear that the docket was taken away from Mark Minnie, and he was unable to continue with the investigation.

Chris Steyn, Co-author - The Lost Boys of Bird Island

Steyn says Jacques Pauw is a good journalist and she will never retaliate with criticisms.

Pauw speaks to Kieno Kammies saying he is not denying that a paedophiles ring did exist in Port Elizabeth, but challenges the fact that it was described by the publisher of the book as the work of investigative journalism.

There was a ring, children were abused and men were involved.

Jacques Pauw, Journalist and author

We should judge the book by investigative journalism standards...

Jacques Pauw, Journalist and author

When you don't have concrete evidence against someone, you can't state it as a fact.

Jacques Pauw, Journalist and author

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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