Mission of Malice: My exodus from KwaSizabantu

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Penguin Random House South Africa, Aug 1, 2021 - Religion

In the 1980s, Erika Bornman’s family join, and ultimately move, to KwaSizabantu, a Christian mission based in KwaZulu-Natal, which is touted as a nirvana, founded on egalitarian values. But something sinister lurks beneath ‘the place where people are helped’. Life at KwaSizabantu is hard. Christianity is used to justify harsh punishments and congregants are forced to repent for their sins. Threats of physical violence ensure adherence to stringent rules. Parents are pitted against children. Friendships are discouraged. Isolated and alone, Erika lives in constant fear of eternal damnation. At 16, her grooming at the hands of a senior mission counsellor begins. For the next five years, KwaSizabantu wages emotional, psychological and sexual warfare on her, until, finally, she manages to break free and escape at the age of 21. Escaping a restrictive religious community is difficult, but rehabilitation into ‘normal’ life after a decade of ritual humiliation, brainwashing and abuse is much more painful, as Erika soon discovers. She cannot ignore her knowledge of the grievous human-rights abuses being committed at KwaSizabantu, and so she embarks on a quest to expose the atrocities. Mission of Malice – My Exodus from KwaSizabantu chronicles Erika’s journey from a fearful young girl to a fierce activist determined to do whatever it takes to save future generations and find personal redemption and self-acceptance.


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A new beginning
The misfit
My world ends
Ill be your father now
lose my mother
A shower goes wrong
The diminishing of

School saves
Jessie learns a lesson
The life that could have been mine
A childs despair
Animal farm
The threat of a suitcase
Snitches dont get stitches

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About the author (2021)

Erika Bornman has carved a career for herself in magazine publishing, despite her lack of formal training, and has written for various publications, including Fairlady, Hot! and Cosmopolitan. She has also edited several custom magazines, including ones for Mediclinic, Sun International and Old Mutual. She lives in Cape Town with her two cats.

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