It is with trepidation and after much brooding that I give my take on authors Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn's revelations that a Port Elizabeth (PE) paedophile ring penetrated the highest echelons of the apartheid government in the '80s. This is especially true of Magnus Malan, apartheid's ultimate hawk and architect of the total onslaught ideology that enabled the regime to murder their political opponents and oppress black people. The Lost Boys of Bird Island embrace the allegations that Malan and his cronies raped underage "coloured" boys because they argue that an evil system like apartheid most probably spawned such unsavoury beasts. The Lost Boys of Bird Island as the allegations in the book were – like for many journalists of my age – not new. The Lost Boys – an Afrikaans copy because the English version was sold out. By then, Minnie was dead, the result of him pointing a pistol at his head and pulling the trigger. prima facie evidence of a paedophile ring in the '80s in PE and that Mark Minnie spoke to child victims and opened a docket. paedophile that he called "Ore" – Ears. It was Malan, the man that had shot him. Allen would have appeared in court that morning, might have been detained while awaiting trial and would have spilt the beans on the involvement of the cabinet ministers in his paedophile ring. Soldier of Fortune in June this year, Barlow admitted his involvement with the CCB and said the unit's mission was to "identify, locate and neutralise (soldier lingo for kill) enemies of the (apartheid) state". The Lost Boys of Bird Island might be true is the involvement of seasoned journalist Marianne Thamm in the publishing of the book. Read an extract from The Lost Boys of Bird Island: We called him 'Ore'* This article has been amended after publication. Businesmann Dave Allen was originally incorrectly referred to as John Allan. A reference to the Human Rights Commission was corrected to the Foundation for Human Rights.