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Anne Townsend

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The ‘Anonymous’ Victim of Magnus Malan

I long for the day a family member has this to say:

I am truly horrified by these revelations. I’m in denial, in trauma, in therapy!! Once I’ve absorbed the horror of what my father/uncle/grandfather/former colleague did, I’d like to reach out to the True Victims. The Lost Boys of Bird Island. Not only the boy who was stitched up by the surgeon, the boy with a ‘physical’ wound, but to ALL the victims!!

On the cover of today’s Burger is a grainy, full-body shot of another victim, who has decided he cannot live with himself for one more day if he keeps quiet. He was kidnapped, bundled into a vehicle, and treated as Magnus’ ”wife”, for an entire night, in his words. At age 44, he has never told a soul. Not his parents, not his wife, nor his children. I hope this ‘anonymous’ man will allow himself to be photographed for a future cover page, without his face being ‘grained out’ by the editor. He is not a criminal. He has a name, a face and a story to tell. His life is only just beginning. As he tells his story, it will loosen its grip on his being. It will get worse, and then it will get much, much better. He has gagged himself. That is the worst type of gagging. (((Throat#)))

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