Sinister underbelly of missing Kruger millions myth exposed on new website

The Looted Gold website ( was launched this week with the aim of reinforcing the major elements of the book that cleaves open the myth of the missing Kruger millions.

In debunking the myth, the book exposes for the first time the full extent of the sinister efforts of President Paul Kruger’s oligarchic regime to plunder the wealth of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) for years before Kruger fled the country in May 1900.

Siphoning of stolen gold; safe havens

Intensive research, some of which was initiated by New Zealand Boer War combatant Thomas Brown, has laid bare the involvement of Kruger’s extended family in the secret siphoning of stolen gold to safe havens overseas.

Kruger’s self-serving approach is underlined by his granting of scores of concessions (commonly known as monopolies), his purchase at low prices of farms on which reserves of gold and coal were found, his extensive land holdings in his own name and through proxies, and his last-minute attempt to sell the ZAR’s underground mining rights to international speculators.

Among the questions raised on the Looted Gold website are:

  • How did a Kiwi soldier lift the lid on one of the world’s most enduring missing treasure mysteries?
  • Was the myth of the missing millions a devious ploy to misdirect critics away from far more extensive looting by the connected?
  • Are there any indicators that show the value of plunder taken out of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) by Kruger during his four terms as president

Swiss connection

The narrative identifies significant tells that point to Swiss banking gnomes implementing a covert strategy aimed at elevating Switzerland into the world’s leading gold trading nation. The possibility of the Swiss processing plundered gold from the ZAR indicates the beginning of the Swiss banking system accepting stolen wealth from dubious sources, including the Nazi regime and known criminal enterprises.

The mysterious release of more than 900 Kruger ponds and half ponds dated from before 1900 by a Swiss bank in 2021 adds gravitas to the authors’ carefully constructed theory that a significant amount of gold coin and raw gold found its way out of the ZAR during Kruger’s final years in office. The coins were bought by the South African Mint in February and are currently on sale as collector’s coin sets. An image of Kruger ponde forms the background on the founding page of the Looted Gold website.

The website also provides readers with information about how to pre-order and/or order the book, launch dates in New Zealand (8 December in Rotorua) and South Africa (11 December in Cape Town), and whom to contact for further information.

Kiwi connection

Background information relating to the genesis of Looted Gold is provided in some depth on the website. In short, the collaboration between Wilkins and Dwight arose out of a joint interest in fostering linkages between former South Africans and New Zealanders through a non-profit organisation called KiwiSA.

That organisation developed a comprehensive display of detailed materials showing Kiwi involvement in the Boer War that drew a visit to the display site in Thames, New Zealand, by visiting Springbok rugby players, the development of educational material for Maori learners that included a book authored by Dwight on Walter Callaway, a Maori warrior who fought in the Boer War, and the building of a monument on a farm near Colesburg to mark the graves of four New Zealand soldiers who fell in battle in 1900 in the area.

The building of a cairn motivated by Wilkins and Dwight and marking the grave of New Zealander soldiers who died in battle in the Boer War is sited on the farm Slingersfontein near Colesberg./

Information on the Looted Gold website is intended to provide a brief taster to the content of the printed copy of the book that will also be available from launch date via Amazon print-on-demand internationally and as an eBook on various international channels.

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4 Responses

  1. Fascinating, cannot wait to read the book. Even at this initial level of information, it is clear that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” In other words, State Capture seems to have been part and parcel of SA’s DNA for more than a century. To be fair, one wonders if any country in the world is free from plundering by the politically-connected. Probably not.

    1. You may well be correct in commenting about looting being endemic throughout society Ian. However, several countries have set high standards and are uncompromising in their maintenance of such standards. Among them is New Zealand.

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