John Wiley

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Person.png John WileyRdf-icon.png
DiedMarch 1987
Cause of death
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town, Oxford University.
ChildrenMark Wiley
Victim ofpremature death
A South African politician whose death would later lead to VIPaedophile allegations.

John W. E. Wiley was a South African politician. He was found dead aged 60 "with a bullet wound in his right temple and a .32-caliber pistol at his side".[1]


Wiley got his first degree at the University of Cape Town and later received an honours in law at Oxford University.


South African Party

In 1977 Wiley founded the South African Party.


On 13 June 1980, Wiley announced that his party, SAP, was disbanding and that its three MPs were joining the ruling South African National Party.[2] Wiley served as Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in P.W. Botha's government, and was the only cabinet minister of English descent, until his death in 1987 of a gunshot wound to the head. Wiley's death remains an unsolved case, although suicide had not been ruled out.[3]

Sudden death

In March 1987 Wiley was found dead, aged 60, "with a bullet wound in his right temple and a .32-caliber pistol at his side". The Los Angeles Times termed it an "apparent suicide".[1] Although he had a "well-known penchant for constantly writing notes", a suicide note was never found.[4]


Scepticism about Wiley's death inspired [[]] to investigate VIPaedophile networks at the top of the last apartheid government. He co-authored The Lost Boys of Bird Island with Mark Minnie on this subject. Minnie was himself shot dead 9 days after the book was published, also officially declared a suicide.


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  2. O'Malley, Padraig. "1980". The Heart of Hope: South Africa's Transition from Apartheid to Democracy. Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

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  3. Croft, Adrian (30 March 1987). "Pretoria cabinet minister found dead". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2012.

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