Interview Episode: KwaSizabantu with Erika Bornman and Daniel Schricker

Special Guest: Erika Bornman

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 titles for Mediclinic, Sun International and Old Mutual. She lives in Cape Town with her two cats.

Special Guest: Daniel Schricker, PhD

Daniel Schricker is a composer and writer based in Adelaide, Australia. He completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Adelaide, being awarded a PhD in 2020. His doctoral research examined Arnold Schoenberg’s concept of developing variation from a compositional perspective. Other areas of interest include cults and fringe religious groups which have occupied some of his recent writings.


KwaSizabantu means “the place where people are helped” in Zulu.

Erika Bornman spent most of her childhood years at the KwaSizabantu Mission. It’s located in a beautiful, green, lush part of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s ‘garden province’. What Erika saw and experienced at the Mission left scars that will last a lifetime – for her, emotional scars, and for others, physical as well. Erika’s memoir Mission of Malice is about her childhood, and about her life since leaving. It’s an incredible read.

Daniel Schricker is a composer and writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. He also spent his childhood and teenage years in KwaSizabantu, and has written a series of articles entitled Scaring the Hell Out of You, “A 4-part examination of the role of fear in the theology and practices of KwaSizabantu and the psychological implications for children”.

This bonus episode is an interview with Erika and Daniel, who were kind enough to share their insights, including why they have doubts that KwaSizabantu is capable of changing for the better.



December 8th, 2021

1 hr 43 mins 14 secs