The news has just broken that Mark Minnie, the co-author of a book on a paedophilia network involving top apartheid politicians, has been found dead - from a gunshot wound. It looks like a suicide.

Minnie, an ex-policeman who has been living in China, was on holiday near Port Elizabeth when his body was found.

He was a co-author of the book - The Lost Boys of Bird Island - with journalist Chris Steyn.

Minnie previously worked as a narcotics bureau detective in the South African Police in the 1980s.

According to media reports from Port Elizabeth, an inquest docket had been opened after his body was found "on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth".

The book claims that three former National Party ministers - including defence minister under apartheid, General Magnus Malan - were central figures in a paedophilia ring. One of the cabinet ministers is believed to be still alive, but he has not been identified.

Malan is now dead and so is John Wiley, who was one of only two English speaking ministers in the National Party cabinet at the time.  Eyewitness News reports that a 58-year-old Port Elizabeth man was found dead at his friend’s farmhouse in Theescombe, Port Elizabeth, on Monday evening.

According to police information, the ex-policeman visited his friend at his farm at about 9 a.m.

"The friend left him to rest and he went out with his workers. At about 9 pm, the friend received a call from the deceased’s female friend enquiring about his whereabouts. The friend then went home and went to the deceased’s room and noticed that he was not in the room. He looked for the deceased and found him outside lying near a bush with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was found lying next to him.

"At this stage no foul play is suspected. Police have opened an inquest pending the results of the post mortem. The deceased name cannot be released until next of kin has been informed."

Wiley and a Port Elizabeth-based businessman John Allen both committed suicide in 1987 after the allegations broke. Malan died in 2011.

The book reveals how the three cabinet ministers were involved, along with Allen, in ferrying coloured minors to Bird Island in Algoa Bay near Port Elizabeth where the children were molested and forced to satisfy the older men’s sexual fantasies.

According to EWN, the third minister is believed to have had a holiday home in the Eastern Cape, was a senior member of Cabinet and considered a front-runner to take over the reins from then President PW Botha. His identity was withheld by the publishers based on legal advice.

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