Jani Allan and Adoption

Face Value: The collected journalism of Jani Allan



South African model and journalist

Allan was adopted aged one month by a wealthy British-South African couple, John and Janet Fry. John Fry died when she was 10. She has been a model and married a wealthy South African, Gordon Schachat, but later had an affair with Eugene Terre'Blanche, leader of the extreme right-wing Afrikaner Resistance Movement, which led to a notorious and unsuccessful libel suit against the UK Channel 4 in 1992.

She has unsuccessfully tried to trace her birth family.

She is now a freelance journalist and television producer/broadcaster and has written a book, White Sunset, about the break-up of white society in South Africa.


Wavell, Stuart. "The Trials of Jani Allan," Sunday Times [London], 9 August 1992, p. 5/11 Streak, Diana. "Victim or Vixen?" [interview], Fair Lady, 28 May 1997. Also formerly available at: Allan, Jani. "Cyberjani: On-Line and Off the Cuff." Available at: