IN July 2014 MyPE was lucky enough to overnight on Bird Island as a guest of SANPARKS. At the time I found it pretty hilarious that the Island Keeper’s home was built on the island, with no roads with a garage.
After reading about the Lost Boys of Bird Island I find it a bit shitty to have laughed at the garage when the tragedy and sin against the Lost Boys of Bird Island could very well have taken place in this VERY home you see in the video below.
Bird Island off Port Elizabeth is the setting for an explosive book published on Sunday that claims to expose a paedophilia ring involving three former National Party Ministers.
The book, “The Lost Boys of Bird Island” is written by a former policeman, Mark Minnie and former journalist, Chris Steyn, details of which were published in City Press on Sunday.
According to the newspaper, the book identifies apartheid-era Defence Minister, Magnus Malan, former Environmental Affairs, John Wiley and a third Minister who is still alive, as being involved in ferrying young coloured boys to Bird Island where they were allegedly sexually assaulted.
Late former Port Elizabeth businessman and Sacramento Salvage Diver, Dave Allen, was also named in the book.
Both Allen and Wiley committed suicide in 1987 while Malan died in 2011. The surviving Minister is said to have a holiday home in the Eastern Cape.
According to City Press, quoting from extracts from the book, one of the boys was seriously injured when a gun was allegedly shoved up his anus and a shot fired. The book details how the boy was taken to a formerly “whites only” hospital for treatment.
The book claims that Malan had commandeered air force helicopters to take him, friends and the children to Bird Island.
John W. E. Wiley, minister of environmental affairs and tourism in President PW Botha’s Cabinet, was found dead at his home outside Cape Town on Sunday 29 March 1987, an apparent suicide.
Wiley, 60, was found on his bed with a bullet wound in his right temple and a .32-caliber pistol at his side, according to the police, who said that “no crime is suspected” but that their investigation will continue.
A lawyer and businessman, Wiley became a deputy minister in 1982 and the minister of environmental affairs in 1984, bringing considerable expertise to the Cabinet.
A big, powerful, handsome man, Wiley, at 60, was still an active yachtsman, tennis player, socialite and gallant. The Hollywood actress Linda Christian, who had been married to Tyrone Power among others, called Wiley the most attractive man she had ever met.
The day after Wiley’s death, the Cape Times printed a story that put into motion two highly sensational rumours, neither of which has any foundation in proof, as to why Wiley died. The article showed that Wiley had been the acquaintance, perhaps the ‘very close friend’, of a Port Elizabeth businessman, David Allen, who shot himself one month earlier.
It so happened that Allen’s business interests lay in the sphere of Wiley’s work as minister of the environment. He had the concession for guano on Bird Island, off Port Elizabeth, as well as the franchise to breed oysters and mussels for sale to the Far East. In his capacity as a minister, Wiley had visited Allen’s commercial establishments.
The Cape Times story of disclosed that Allen had shot himself on the beach at Port Elizabeth, two hours before he was due to appear in court on an unspecified charge.
Six days later, the Sunday newspapers printed what had by then become well known by rumour, that Allen was charged with acts of indecency against young boys. This stirred up a miasma of innuendo against the deceased politician. Although Wiley had never during his life come under public suspicion of homosexual proclivities, nor could he have done and survived in a puritanical government, the rumours abounded after his death. Most of them boil down to the popular fallacy that men who are very attractive to women must be homosexual, just as rich men must be unhappy.
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