FW calls for in­quiry into al­leged paedo ring

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - BULELWA PAYI

FOR­MER pres­i­dent FW de Klerk has called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions of a pae­dophile ring in­volv­ing a Na­tional Party min­is­ter in an ex­plo­sive book, The Lost Boys of Bird Is­land.

De Klerk said he would have in­sisted on a “thor­ough” in­ves­ti­ga­tion had he known of the ac­tiv­i­ties al­leged in the book.

“I have been shocked by re­cent me­dia re­ports re­gard­ing al­le­ga­tions in the book. I was not aware of any such al­le­ga­tions while I served in the cab­i­net. Had I known, I would cer­tainly have in­sisted on a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion if it tran­spired that there was any ba­sis to the al­le­ga­tions.”

How­ever, he said the re­ports, thus far, were al­le­ga­tions that must still be prop­erly in­ves­ti­gated.

“I would urge the au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate thor­oughly and speed­ily these al­le­ga­tions and to take what­ever ac­tion might be re­quired in terms of the law.”

He re­jected charges that such “aber­ra­tions, if they did oc­cur”, had been con­doned by or re­flected on Na­tional Party cab­i­nets.

“My col­leagues were de­cent peo­ple wrestling with the ex­is­ten­tial his­toric chal­lenges of the time. The al­leged be­hav­iour would have been as re­pug­nant to them as it is to me,” he said.

Co-author and for­mer po­lice­man Mark Min­nie was found dead on a small hold­ing out­side Port El­iz­a­beth this week. Po­lice said his body had been found by a friend “ly­ing near a bush with a gun­shot wound to his head. A firearm was found ly­ing next to him”.

Po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Priscilla Naidoo said yes­ter­day there was no new in­for­ma­tion on the in­quest and the po­lice had opened a case against the owner of the firearm, iden­ti­fied as Min­nie’s friend. How­ever, he has yet to be ar­rested.

Min­nie’s death a week af­ter the book he co-au­thored with in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Chris Steyn was pub­lished shocked the coun­try.

The book de­tails chill­ing ac­counts of al­leged sex­ual abuse of coloured teens by a ring in­clud­ing late ex-SADF head Mag­nus Malan, late busi­ness­man Dave Allen and late en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs min­is­ter John Wi­ley.

FW De Klerk

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