Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn’s story was based on several Pillars of Deceit and was just a big hoax.

It has been forensically proven by Private Investigator Wouter de Swardt of Fox Forensics Private Investigators that the story and the book about “the Lost Boys of Bird Island” was a complete and utter hoax. Mark Minnie duped Chris Steyn and the two of them then hoaxed Maryna Lamprecht – the Non-Fiction Editor of Tafelberg Publishers and the complete Board of Directors of Media24 and Naspers. The onus was nevertheless on Media24 to undertake a proper and compelling due diligence. Nobody did any due diligence.