Meet the snake whistle blower

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If author Jackie Phamotse gave global bestselling personal wealth writer Robert Kiyosaki a run for his money with a book on how to get rich fast, it would be a local bestseller, writes Julia Madibogo.

Controversial South African award-winning writer Jackie Phamotse left our jaws on the floor this year when she opened a can of worms through a social media exposé on how some people get filthy rich quickly by owning snakes and using traditional muthi.

We speak to the snake whistle-blower on her most scandalous reveal of the year by far.

How was your year?

The year was very challenging for me because, as writers, we depend on events – especially corporate and university events. It was tough because all of those institutions closed this year and we had to find other ways of writing, marketing our products and communicating with our audiences.

According to Google, your name was one of the most searched in the country this year. What does this mean for you?

I noticed that about four or five days ago! It is amazing because, when I started writing, I never thought that I would be at this level, so to see people engaging on a global front to see what I am writing about and to hear the topics that I speak about is a great honour.

You are the only author on that list; why do you think that’s the case?

Most of the topics that I speak about are those that other authors are not looking into, so it’s not really written about much. I think I have been bold enough to say things as they are. That is one thing that people are always intrigued about.

It is exciting to see that people are engaging with me for the work that I do and the conversations that I bring about.

Talk about publishing a new book in what has been a hard year for most people?

My latest book is called Bare III: Ego. It closes the Bare series. Bare: The Cradle of the Hockey Club won the SA Book Award for adult fiction this year. The Bare series highlights the story of Treasure Mohape – she is a girl who was in love with a sugar daddy who was into cults.

The series is about cults, and this year you made headlines for speaking about them and about people who may use snakes to garner success and wealth.

The storylines in my books are where my social media engagements come from. When I started speaking about cults this year, it was to highlight the dangers of them and how prominent sangomas are becoming in our society. There are a lot of underground things that are happening in terms of traditional medicines that young girls are using to attract and keep men, and men also use traditional medicines to attract women, maintain power and get business deals.


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