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The Lost Boys of Bird Island - Mark Minnie (Paperback)

A shocking exposé from within the heart of the NP government

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Description

"It is the late 1980s. Serious allegations surface against three prominent National Party cabinet ministers, one of them the second‐most powerful man in the land. They are, it is said, regularly abusing young boys on an island just off the coast of Port Elizabeth.

From opposite ends of South Africa, a brave cop and a driven journalist investigate. Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn independently uncover evidence of a dark secret. But the case only surfaces briefly before it disappears completely. Thirty years later, the two finally connect the dots to expose this shocking story of criminality, cover‐ups and official complicity in the rape and possible murder of children, most of them vulnerable and black."

Product Details

Barcode
9780624081432
Department
Books
Released
5 Aug 2018
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Authors
Mark Minnie
Chris Steyn
Binding
Paperback / softback
Publisher
NB Publishers
Language
English
Number of Pages
224
Dimensions
234 x 152mm

Summary

It is the late 1980s. Serious allegations surface against three prominent National Party cabinet ministers, one of them the second-most powerful man in the land. They are, it is said, regularly abusing young boys on an island just off the coast of Port Elizabeth. From opposite ends of South Africa, a brave cop and a driven journalist investigate. Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn independently uncover evidence of a dark secret. But the case only surfaces briefly before it disappears completely. Thirty years later, the two finally connect the dots to expose this shocking story of criminality, cover-ups and official complicity in the rape and possible murder of children, most of them vulnerable and black.

Classification

General Subject
History
BISAC Subject 1
Social Science / Human Services
BISAC Subject 2
Political Science / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
BISAC Subject 3
Social Science / Sexual Abuse & Harassment
BISAC Subject 4
Political Science / Political Process / General
BIC Classification 1
Police & security services
BIC Classification 2
Sexual abuse & harassment
BIC Classification 3
Political leaders & leadership
BIC Classification 4
True crime

Author Bio

Mark Minnie is a former cop who worked as a Narcotics Bureau officer for the South African Police during the 1980s. He left South Africa for England in 2007, and acquired a CELTA qualification for teaching English as a foreign language through Cambridge University in London. Shortly thereafter he began working as an English examiner for Cambridge University and the British Council in China. He is currently employed as an English teacher at a university in Guangzhou, China. Watching sport with expats, especially games involving South African teams, is his favourite pastime in a country far from home. CHRIS STEYN is a writer and former journalist. Over the years she has worked for the Rand Daily Mail, The Star and the Cape Times. In 1986 she went into exile to avoid imprisonment for refusing to testify against a source. When she returned to South Africa, she was arrested and tried for protesting against an apartheid government proclamation that drastically curtailed press freedom. Chris later became editor of the investigative unit of the Independent Newspapers group. She is the proud co-owner of a bookshop in the seaside village she now calls home.