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EXTRACT | Erika Bornman's 'Mission of Malice - My exodus from KwaSizabantu'

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The cover of 'Mission of Malice" (Supplied)
The cover of 'Mission of Malice" (Supplied)

In the 1980s, Erika Bornman’s family joined and eventually moved to KwaSizabantu, a Christian mission based in KwaZulu-Natal. The mission is touted as a nirvana, founded on egalitarian values. But Bornman finds something more sinister lurking beneath ‘the place where people are helped’. In 'Mission of Malice: My exodus from KwaSizabantu', Bornman details how at the age of 17, her grooming at the hands of a senior mission counsellor began. For the next five years, KwaSizabantu wages emotional, psychological and sexual warfare on her, until, finally, she manages to break free and walk away at the age of 21. In this extract, Bornman details her sessions with her counsellor, Muziwendoda Kunene, who she had to see a year after her father's death, and after receiving warnings from the school board that she might be expelled and she would be kicked out of the house and the mission.

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