Last week, Huisgenoot ruffled
some many feathers, and sent shock waves through South Africa and especially in the Christian community and amongst Solly Ozrovech fans… They published a front page story revealing the details of Johan* who said he was molested by Solly while he was a young boy in an orphanage.
Just reading the comments on last weeks posts, it’s very clear that many people have very different and very strong opinions on this story. Many saying that it can’t be true, and that Johan* is using a fake name to ruin an innocent man’s life and reputation. Others say that they’ve been through something similar, and can completely understand why Johan* has kept quiet for so long (more than 50 years).
I knew there would be a follow-up story this week, so if you’re following the story like I am, then you have to get the latest issue (or you can buy the digital version right now). In this weeks Huisgenoot (and YOU), Kobus* (66) has come forward to say that Solly climbed into his bed one night and penetrated him when he was only 12 or 13. It was only once, but that one time was enough to scar him for life, and for feeling ashamed his whole life, and never really talking about it.
13 years ago Kobus* did however tell his wife and daughter about what happened, so he decided to confront Solly in a face to face meeting (without Solly knowing what the meeting was going to be about). It must have taken loads of guts to do that, but Solly’s responce was yet again shameful… There was a bit of a backwards and forwards whether to make a case, but it’s the age old “his word against yours”, so Kobus* never took it further.
It’s once again a riviting read in this weeks Huisgenoot, and one that I know isn’t easy on any of the Huisgenoot staff working on this…
Even though it might ruin one mans life and reputation, the truth and the victims getting peace is much more important…
*Not their real names
A part of the Ed’s letter, explaining how difficult these types of articles are to publish:
(The image of the article is published for illustrative purposes, and small enough for you not to be able to read it. For the full story, you’ll have to buy Huisgenoot or YOU)