246pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2021
In the 1980s Erika Bornman’s family joined and moved to KwaSizabantu, a Christian mission based in KwaZulu-Natal, where congregants are forced to repent for their sins, rules are enforced through physical violence and sex education is forbidden. Abused from the age of 17 by a senior mission counsellor, she left the mission at 21, determined to expose the human-rights abuses. With her help, News24 launched an investigation, culminating in a podcast that won the international One World Media Award for Radio and Podcast in 2021.
Erika Bornman works in magazine publishing and has written for various publications and has edited several custom magazines, including titles for Mediclinic, Sun International and Old Mutual. She lives in Cape Town