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LISTEN | My Only Story S2, episode 6: Spring


In the finale of the second season of My Only Story, as a disturbing spring makes way for summer, answers are due from the water-polo fraternity.


After years of unanswered questions, Charl Kruger, the father of the St Andrew's College pupil Thomas Kruger who took his life at the school in 2018, hopes his son's death has finally exposed the depths of secrecy at some South African schools.


Over the past seven weeks, the second season of My Only Story has delved into the circumstances surrounding Thomas's suicide and found that he had had a deeply personal bond with his former water-polo coach, David Mackenzie.


Co-producer News24 and My Only Story uncovered a consistent pattern of inappropriate behaviour by Mackenzie through more than 80,000 WhatsApp messages sent by him to Thomas and scores of other schoolboys he coached.


In the sixth and final episode of our live investigation, we explore more of Mackenzie's past and find evidence that reveals the leaders at St Andrew's College were aware of the coach's misdeeds – years before Thomas's death.


 

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Shantel Fredericks
Shantel Fredericks
Jan 21, 2022

So many emotions while listening to this.... Deon, well done on a fabulous article. Charl, you are so brave, thank you for sharing so openly, may you continue to gain strength to fight this.

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alberts.mari40
Jan 20, 2022

Excellent work!!

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English ECK
English ECK
Nov 13, 2021

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/family-of-pupil-who-hanged-himself-sues-st-andrews-college-and-ex-water-polo-coach-for-r62m-20211113 Heeeeelllllooooooooo!!!! Come out, come out wherever you are David Mackenzie! Happy to contribute to any crowdfunding for this worthy cause. I am sure St Andrews will use their wealth and power to try and crush this case... please don't let the big guys win just because they have more money!

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English ECK
English ECK
Nov 13, 2021
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Someone must be held responsible for the tragic death of Tom Kruger!

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sharbroodryk
Nov 10, 2021

Deon thank you for every episode in both series - still after your own hurt you have even more fight in you to expose these offenders ! The words independent consultant elected by school x makes my blood boil -

my kids were in Penryn College Nelspruit also boarders( Biggest mistake I ever made, you think you doing good by giving them that level of education but at what cost ?) and the amount of time I heard that they will call in an independent consultant ( then tries to intimidate me) when I lodged a complaint about bullying or favoritism and matric exam leaks to steroid use in their 1st rugby team - the school just covers - w…

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sharbroodryk
Nov 10, 2021
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I kept all the emails - if only the higher powers did protect these schools so much

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Charl Du Plessis
Charl Du Plessis
Nov 03, 2021

Excellent work Deon!

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