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He regarded the resources of the SADF as his to dispose of as and when he liked.

He arranged for a Puma helicopter to pick him and his sons up and fly them to Namibia for a spot of hunting. He used military helicopters and other equipment to go on fishing trips with fellow cabinet minister John Wiley and a mutual business friend, Dave Allen, to Bird Island near Port Elizabeth.

Two coloured boys were said to have been sexually assaulted on one of these trips. In 1987, Allen was arrested for paedophilia and committed suicide. Wiley shot himself soon after.

Former apartheid Defence minister Magnus Malan, who has in a new book been accused of paedophilia, died on July 18 2011. Already then, the Sunday Times, in an obituary written by Chris Barron, spoke about his "fishing trips" with fellow cabinet minister John Wiley and a mutual business friend, Dave Allen, to Bird Island near Port Elizabeth. Below is the obituary that appeared on July 24, seven years ago. Magnus Malan, who has died in Cape Town at the age of 81, was for 10 years arguably the most powerful man in South Africa. PW Botha might have been the president, but Malan was the man he listened to. Malan, who was Botha’s most trusted general before becoming his Defence minister in 1980, told him that South Africa faced a “total onslaught”. Borrowing heavily from books he had read and passed on to Botha about the British experience in Malaya and the French experience in Algeria, Malan told him the only response that stood a chance against this was a “total national strategy”. This...

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