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Mishandel, misbruik, misken: Joey Haarhoff se dogter deel haar lewensverhaal met Carla van der Spuy

Mishandel, misbruik, miskenMishandel, misbruik, misken: Joey Haarhoff was my ma deur Amor van der Westhuyzen, soos vertel aan Carla van der Spuy, is nou by LAPA beskikbaar:

Amor van der Westhuyzen, dogter van die berugte Joey Haarhoff wat saam met die pedofiel Gert van Rooyen ses jong meisies ontvoer het, se kinderjare was ’n riller. Joey het haar enigste dogter fisiek, verbaal en emosioneel mishandel, toegelaat dat Amor se eie pa haar seksueel misbruik en haar geheel en al as mens misken. Joey het as beheervraat vir dekades haar dogter se lewe gemanipuleer en oorheers. Selfs jare nà Joey se dood moes Amor nog ly as gevolg van haar ma se dade.

Maar sy het die trauma danksy pure vasberadenheid oorleef. Amor is ’n diep gelowige mens wat die siklus van haat en geweld stopgesit het. Sy wil hoop gee aan ander vroue wat deur hul naastes verniel is.

Mishandel, misbruik, misken is ook in Engels beskikbaar as Battered, abused, shamed.

Oor die outeur
Carla van der Spuy is ’n bekroonde vryskutjoernalis en skrywer van niefiksieboeke, insluitend Mens of monster (2012) en Bloed op haar hande (2015) wat deur Books LIVE gelys is as een van 2015 se mees verbysterende Suid-Afrikaanse ware-misdaad-boeke. Haar ongekompliseerde, openhartige gesprekke en haar gemaklike skryfstyl lei na indiepte, ware lewensverhale wat elkeen van haar lesers se hartsnare sal roer.

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‘The world is a very beautiful place; it’s humankind that makes it ugly’ – Read an excerpt from Flesh and Blood

‘The world is a very beautiful place; it’s humankind that makes it ugly’ – Read an excerpt from Flesh and Blood

 

Flesh and BloodVlees en bloedLAPA has shared an excerpt from the newly released Flesh and Blood, the true story of two sisters whose day job is cleaning up crime scenes, written by award-winning freelance journalist Riette Rust, with Eileen de Jager and Roelien Schutte.

Flesh and Blood is the sequel to the bestseller Blood Sisters, which was released in 2012, and is also available in Afrikaans as Vlees en bloed.
 

Crime writer Martin Steyn says the book is “fascinating” and “written with great detail, compassion and humour”.

The excerpt examines the psychological toll of what the sisters experience every day.

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Extract from Flesh and Blood, Riette Rust (LAPA Publishers, 2016)

Psychopaths and narcissists have a lack of empathy. The rest of us are deeply traumatised by the things the Blood Sisters have to confront on a daily basis. Not to mention the two of them. But if you had asked Eileen three years ago whether she was suffering from post-traumatic stress, she would probably have denied it. “I think I’m in denial because I’m someone who doesn’t fall apart easily,” she confesses now. “My colleagues need me every day to help with their franchises, their planning, and their work. I can’t afford to take a week off and tell them to make do on their own.”

But at least Eileen is aware of her stress levels and tries to de-stress as far as possible – especially since her colleagues have started noticing that she’s not a hundred percent herself anymore. “Apparently I come across as being ‘cold’.” This is in stark contrast with how people would normally describe her – as a warm, caring person. “I also have a shorter fuse,” she confesses.

Roelien acknowledges that she too is exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress. “I experience terrible moods and outbursts. One minute I’m fine, and the next I am storming out just to clear my head for ten minutes,” she says. “At other times I feel sorry for myself, and I think the whole world is against me.” Sometimes she gets sad or angry about it, and at other times she may even think that she’s silly to feel that way.

There are also other signs that indicate that the Blood Sisters sometimes experience high levels of stress. Although Eileen’s nightmares have decreased she still struggles to get a good night’s sleep. “For a long time now I haven’t been able to lay my head down on the pillow and sleep soundly until the next morning,” she confesses. “I usually wake up in the middle of the night thinking that I’ve heard something. Then I get up to check it out. It really irks me.”

This Blood Sister says she doesn’t want to dream that there are criminals in her house, or about a shooting, murder or suicide every night. Neither does Roelien. And she gets terrible nightmares. “I’d dream that I’m lying in a pool of blood, and can’t get up or escape. Or I’m at a scene, but I’m standing still and can’t run away. There’s always some danger approaching me, and then I fail to get away.”

In her dreams, Roelien also sees herself inside the houses where the crimes have taken place. “It’s usually dark, but I never know where to switch on the lights. I feel my way around. And I slip around in lots of blood.”

The morning after such a nightmare, she finds herself in a peculiar mood, Roelien says. “I don’t feel like doing anything. But then you have to pull yourself together again and remind yourself that it was just a dream. You simply have to put it behind you.” When she wakes up from a nightmare, there’s nothing for it but to have a glass of water.

Eileen likes to relax with a good book – particularly science fiction, or a Wilbur Smith. “I need to derail my thoughts from what I see on a daily basis – blood, pieces of brain, bones and teeth.” The more gruesome or gross the events she’s had to experience that day, the more she wants to see beautiful things afterwards, Eileen says. “My favourite search words to Google are ‘something beautiful’.”

Doesn’t this kind of work make you cynical and bitter? “Yes, getting cynical and bitter is very easy,” Eileen acknowledges. That’s why she specifically looks out for beautiful things on her way home from work every day. “The world is a very beautiful place; it’s humankind that makes it ugly.”

Roelien says she often feels as if there is no beauty left in the world – “people are doing a good job of destroying everything”. But, just like Eileen, she purposefully decides to look out for beauty. “You’ve got to be able to tell yourself: You know what? There are also positive things in the world.”

That’s not to say that the Blood Sisters don’t have lots of fun too. Roelien laughingly tells of the day she had to lean over a bucket to reach some chemicals. She continued cleaning up but the blood on the bucket rim had left and image on her overall – that of a smiley face. “A crime scene is supposed to be a serious place. It’s all about respect.”

But it doesn’t take long to be yanked back to reality again. It may be the smell in a butchery, or of a chemical substance the refrigerator in a shop has been cleaned with. That may be all it takes to transport you back to a crime scene, the Blood Sisters say. “Right there in the supermarket, you sometimes relive every bloody detail again.”

So what keeps them on their feet emotionally? “Sometimes it may not work, but we purposefully try to forget the details of the scenes. There is no other way to manage such horrors.”

WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?

No two people react to traumatic events in the same way, says registered counsellor Jacobie Müller. “In fact, only about 3% to 6% of the population suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Different people have different processing mechanisms. If you often talk to others about what you’ve seen or experienced, or cry about it, or perhaps handle the trauma with black humour, you’ll be more resilient, meaning you will be able to bounce back to normality faster than others, she says.

You may also get used to the trauma you have to confront daily. “In such a case you are desensitised; it doesn’t affect you as much as it used to.”

Even if you don’t have such good processing mechanisms, you may be able to remain calm during a traumatic situation, but will experience shock afterwards, like starting to shake, or your blood pressure may fall rapidly.

Jacobie says there are different signs indicating post-traumatic stress: You may get flashbacks or nightmares. “Bloody dreams may be a sign of unprocessed aggression. You may subconsciously attach value to people, and then get angry because they’re being killed in such gruesome ways day after day.”

You may appear “colder” than before, have a shorter fuse, experience outbursts, look for comfort in food, or suffer selective memory loss. Because you are subliminally anxious, you don’t remember things such as whether you’ve indeed locked the door or not. You may also be more aggressive than usual and get irritated more easily, especially if you deny that the traumatic events have had an effect on you. Due to anxiety and depression you may burst into tears more easily than usual, and cry for much longer than you normally do, for instance when watching a sad movie.

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LAPA-skrywers by die US Woordfees 2016

 
LAPA het vanjaar weer ’n baie vol program by die US Woordfees. Dit sal lekker wees om julle daar raak te loop!

nullSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Sjef Snoekie laat die potte sing

Marlise Scheepers se treffer “Beige Ford Cortina” is al diep in die 90 000 keer op YouTube gekyk. Sy deel haar resepte en staaltjies met Mariëtta Kruger en sing later wanneer die kuiery lekker raak. Klik hier vir meer inligting oor haar boek.

4 Maart 18:00 | De Vette Mossel | 180min | R220 | R240 by die deur | Bespreek h​ier
 
 

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Karla KrullebolWOW: Graad 3: Karla Krullebol – Theresa van Baalen

7 Maart 9:30 | JS Gericke Ouditorium | 90 min | Gratis
 
 
 
 
 
 

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OfferlamMonstersaadSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Die speling tussen spanning- en ontspanningsfiksie

Gaan die spanningsverhaal nog oor die herstel van orde? Madri Victor hoor by Wilna Adriaanse (Eindspel), Chanette Paul (Labirint, Offerlam) en Madelein Rust (Monstersaad) of spanningsfiksie ʼn “feel good” einde moet hê. En wat dink hulle van die nuwe “noir”-neiging by vroueskrywers?
 
 
7 Maart 14:00 | HB Thom Foyer | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier
 
 

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Marga SKRYWERSPROGRAM: My kind, my memoire

Hoe skryf ’n ma oor die trauma wat haar kind beleef? Is dit ’n manier om sin te gee aan jou kind se lewe en jou struweling? Taalpraktisyn en oud-redakteur Mandi Botha stel dié vrae, en meer, aan Marga van Rooy (My kind is ʼn skisofreen), Juliana Coetzer (Bloedvreemd) en Douwleen Bredenhann (’n Hemelhoë hekkie).

7 Maart 15:30 | HB Thom Foyer | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier
 
 

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Bravo, LuluWOW: Graad 4-5: Bravo, Lulu – Fanie Viljoen

8 Maart 09:30 | JS Gericke Ouditorium | 90 min | Gratis
 
 
 
 
 
 

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nullSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Kosdemo: Kook saam Kaaps

Kulsum Kamalie en Flori Schrikker het op RSG bekend geword as die twee anties wat wéét hoe om te skep. Hulle kook Kaaps: gesinskos, huiskos. By hierdie demo kan jy jou verkneukel aan die lekkerste spyse, opgetower uit speserygevulde potte.

8 Maart 14:00 | Die Khaya | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier

 
 

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Sanri Steyn 4: Die spookmeisie van RaaiselfonteinWOW: Graad 6-7: Sanri Steyn – Theresa van Baalen

9 Maart 09:30 | JS Gericke Ouditoriuml | 90 min | Gratis
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Opdrag van oorkantVandat jy weg isnullSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Beneuk en verlief

Sophia Kapp (Oorlewingsgids vir ʼn bedonnerde diva), Alta Cloete (Opdrag van oorkant) en Santie van der Merwe (Vandat jy weg is) gesels met Elmari Rautenbach oor sterk vrouekarakters wat bedonnerd, beneuk en verlief is.

9 Maart 10:30 | HB Thom Foyer | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier
 
 

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Immer wesSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Irma Joubert: Immer wes

Irma Joubert gesels met Helene de Kock (Debora en seuns) oor haar nuutste roman, Immer wes, en hoe die skrywer van historiese romans as brugbouer tussen generasies en kultuurgroepe optree. Twee formidabele skrywers aan die woord!

9 Maart 15:30 | HB Thom Foyer | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier

 
 

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Cass Abrahams: 'n Lewe met kosSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Cass Abrahams: ’n Lewe met kos

Marike Bekker gesels met Cass Abrahams oor haar lewe, haar liefde vir kos en die paaie waarop dit haar laat loop het. ‘n Watertand-gesprek met een van die land se grootste kulinêre geeste.

9 Maart 17:00 | HB Thom Foyer | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier
 
 

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’n Hart vol sandWOW: Graad 8-10: ’n Hart vol sand – Anzil Kulsen

10 Maart 09:30 | JS Gericke Ouditorium | 90 min | Gratis

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Die Suid-Afrikaanse vis- en seekoskookboekSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Kosdemo: Suid-Afrikaanse vis- en seekoskookboek

Susina Jooste, die direkteur van The Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch, en Henk Stander, ‘n baie ywerige visserman en die algemene bestuurder van Maties se akwakultuureenheid, demonstreer maklike en smaaklike maniere om seekos voor te berei. Jy gaan nêrens anders vir so min so lekker eet nie! Gou spring!

11 Maart 09:00 | Die Khaya | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier

 
 

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Bloed op haar handeKodenaam IcarusSkuldigVlees en bloedSKRYWERSPROGRAM: Misdaadskrywers: feit of fiksie?

Hoe hanteer skrywers navorsing rondom misdaad? Is die grense wat jy nie mag oorsteek nie dieselfde vir skrywers van nie-fiksie en fiksie? Krimi-skrywers Martin Steyn en Henk Breytenbach gesels met joernaliste Riette Rust en Carla van der Spuy oor feit vs. fiksie wanneer dit my misdaad-skryf kom.

12 Maart 15:30 | ATKV-Boektent | 60min | R50 | R60 by die deur | Bespreek hier
 
 

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Not for sensitive readers: Flesh and Blood, the sequel to the bestselling Blood Sisters

Flesh and bloodVlees en bloedPresenting Flesh and Blood – the true story of two sisters with the day job of cleaning up crime scenes, by Riette Rust, with Eileen de Jager and Roelien Schutte:

Flesh and Blood is the sequel to the bestseller Blood Sisters (2012) and is also available in Afrikaans as Vlees en bloed.

When Handy Andy is just not enough

“But you are women!” This is something the Blood Sisters often hear.

Eileen and Roelien are not known as the Blood Sisters merely because they are siblings, they clean up bloody crime scenes as part of their day job.

In the last 15 years, they have worked on about 7 000 scenes where suicides, homicides, torture, assault, farm attacks and natural deaths had occurred.

“Many people start similar businesses, but they never last.” This too was a phrase the sisters frequently heard at the beginning, yet today their business, Crime Scene Clean-up, is flourishing and they have never had a dissatisfied client.

Sometimes the sisters clean up hoarders’ homes, often packed to the ceiling with junk; at other times they help to restore damage caused by fire or floods. One of the most bizarre cases they have had to deal with was a man who had horded used toilet paper for many years.

“Do you really think you can clean up bloody scenes like these?”

Flesh and Blood tells stories that go beyond blood and gore. The reader is invited into the world of the Blood Sisters: we experience everything from the extreme health hazards and physical challenges posed by the cleaning processes, to the restless souls they encounter at murder scenes and the post-traumatic stress and emotional toll that their work inevitably takes on them.

Fascinating, written with great detail, compassion and humour.

- Martin Steyn, crime writer

About the author

Riette Rust is a writer and award-winning freelance journalist. Her approach is to remain objective, even when dealing with the most gruesome details, and to help the reader gain additional insight, tips and guidelines through her research and conversations with experts.

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15 jaar en sowat 7 000 misdaadtonele later: Bloedsusters se verhaal verder vertel in Vlees en bloed deur Riette Rust

Vlees en bloedBloedsustersVlees en bloed, die opvolg van die 2011 topverkoper Bloedsusters, verskyn eersdaags op LAPA se rakke:

“Maar julle is dan vroumense!”

“Dink julle regtig júlle kan bloederige tonele skoonmaak?”

“Baie mense begin sulke besighede, maar dit hou nie lank nie.”

Dít was destyds die reaksie van skeptiese polisiemanne en veiligheidsbeamptes toe hulle met Eileen de Jager (39) en Roelien Schutte (37) te doen gekry het. Maar 15 jaar en sowat 7 000 misdaadtonele later floreer Crime Scene Clean-up, die Bloedsusters se besigheid. Daarby het hulle nog nooit ’n ontevrede kliënt gehad nie.

Eileen en Roelien staan nie net as die Bloedsusters bekend omdat hulle biologiese susters is nie, maar ook omdat hulle daagliks bloederige misdaadtonele skoonmaak. Selfdood. Moord. Die heel wreedste plaasmoorde ook.

Maar daar is nie altyd misdaad betrokke nie. Soms ruim die susters opgaarders se huise op – dikwels tot die plafon toe volgepak, en ander kere help hulle vloedwaters of ’n brand se skade herstel.

In Vlees en bloed het skrywer Riette Rust ook kenners genader om onder meer die volgende te bespreek:

  • Hoekom fassineer misdaad ons so?
  • Hoekom is daar so baie plaasmoorde in Suid-Afrika?
  • Wat loop verkeerd in kinders se lewens dat hulle later misdadigers word?
  • BDSM: Hoe werk ophanging (body suspension) en hoekom doen mense dit?
  • Hoekom wend soveel tieners hulle tot selfdood? En die SA statistieke.

Oor die outeur

Riette Rust is ’n skrywer en bekroonde vryskutjoernalis. Haar artikels in verskeie tydskrifte en koerante is met onder meer twee ATKV-Mediaveertjies asook ’n Citadel-prys vir finansiële joernalistiek bekroon.
Die volgende boeke het ook uit haar pen verskyn: Lang bene & lipstiek – Gebruik jou seksualiteit en behaal sukses (2011), ’n Lyf onthou (2012) en Die AA tot OE van seks (2013). Sy is met JD, ’n regsadviseur, getroud. Hulle het twee dogters, Cara (24) en Zahn (29).

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What Happens to Babies Born in Prison? Carla van der Spuy Explains

Blood on Her HandsBloed op haar handeIn her latest book, Blood on Her Hands: Women Behind Bars, Carla van der Spuy asks pertinent questions about women’s experiences in jail:

What drives women to commit murder? What does it feel like to share a cell with murderers? What is the worst part of spending time behind bars?

Sameer Naik interviewed Van der Spuy about one of the controversial issues she touches on in her book, that of babies born behind bars.

The author visited the Johannesburg Prison to do research for her book, which is also available in Afrikaans as Bloed op haar hande: Vroue agter tralies. Here she discovered that there were 27 babies living with their mothers, but she also found that conditions for toddlers are much better than before.

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During the visit, Van der Spuy sat down with several woman inmates who had babies living with them in the prison.

She was also given a tour of the women’s wing of the facility by staff members.

The new unit, she discovered, was run by woman inmates.

“To be honest I was blown away by the facilities for female inmates and their babies,” Van der Spuy told Saturday Star.

“That section is so clean and neat. You could definitely mistake it for a normal day care centre.

 
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“Die letterkundesisteem is altyd besig om te broei” – Riana Scheepers (Video)

Die bekroonde Afrikaanse skrywer Riana Scheepers het in Augustus vanjaar ‘n kortverhaalwerkswinkel aangebied tydens die 2015 Suid-Afrikaanse Boekebeurs (SABF) in Johannesburg se middestad.

Vallei van melk en heuningSpoorvatDie stilte in myselfKatriena, vertel!

 
Netwerk24 se boekeredakteur, Jo Prins, het na die tyd met die skrywer gesels oor die stand van die kortverhaal.

“Poësie is ‘n love affair, jy raak waansinnig verlief. ‘n Kortverhaal is ‘n one night stand, vol gevaar en potensiaal, en ‘n roman is ‘n huwelik,” sê Scheepers.

Die skrywer sê dit is opvallend dat daar nie op die oomblik soveel kortverhaalbundels soos in die verlede verskyn het nie, maar sy is nie te bekommerd daaroor nie. “Die letterkundesisteem, en ek praat nou van die Afrikaanse letterkundesisteem, is altyd besig om te broei,” sê sy.

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Scheepers het ook terugvoering gegee oor die skryfskool wat sy daardie oggend aangebied het, die effektiwiteit van slypskole in die algemeen en die vrae wat sy gekry het oor “roem en vertaling”.

“As jy skryf moet jy nie eens dink aan publikasie en aan rykdom en roem en vertaling nie,” sê sy. “As jy sulke goed vir my sê is jy nie rêrig vir my ‘n skrywer nie. Vir my is die epitomie van ‘n skrywer daardie persoon wat voor sy rekenaar sit en betrokke raak by dit wat hy skep.”

“Ek het nie ‘n skryfskool gehad wat my gehelp het nie,” sê Scheepers. “Ek moes maar van ‘n kant af inbliksem … niemand het my geleer skryf nie.”

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“Ek probeer om agter die kap van die byl te kom”: Carla van der Spuy oor Bloed op haar hande (Potgooi)

Bloed op haar handeBlood on Her HandsHoekom sal die vrou, die moederfiguur, iemand só wreed vermoor? Wat het in haar lewe gebeur wat haar tot moord gedryf het?

Hierdie is vrae wat Carla van der Spuy probeer beantwoord in haar jongste boek, Bloed op haar hande: Vroue agter tralies, wat vanjaar by LAPA verskyn het en ook in Engels beskikbaar is as Blood on Her Hands: Women Behind Bars.

Die skrywer het met Esté Meyer Jansen van Maroela Media gesels oor die vroue waarop haar boek fokus – mesmoordenaars, vroue wat van huurmoordenaars gebruik gemaak het, ‘n prostituut, ‘n kleptomaan en mense wat selle deel met moordenaars.

Jansen wou weet hoekom die skrywer so belang stel in die psige van die moordenaar. “Dis eienaardig, ek kan dit nie verklaar nie, maar as jy eers begin met misdaad en die psige van ‘n misdadiger kan jy nie ophou nie,” het Van der Spuy gesê en bygevoeg dat sy heeltemal “ge-hook” is op televisie-misdaadreekse.

Van der Spuy sê dat die boosdoeners gewone mense is, maar wat haar fassineer is dat daar iewers iets skeef geloop het. “Ek probeer om agter die kap van die byl te kom,” sê sy. Die vroue in haar boek kom omtrent almal van ‘n disfunksionele agtergrond af – hulle is gemolesteer, aangerand of omring deur bendes. Ten spyte daarvan is sy positief: “Ek het ook hoop vir die vroue.”

Pretoria FM het twee gesprekke met Van der Spuy gevoer oor haar boek, wat sy daarmee probeer bereik het, en hoekom sy besluit het om op hierdie spesifieke vroue te fokus.

Die skrywer vertel dat sy eendag vir die kriminoloog Irma Labuschagne gevra het of daar wel ‘n mens agter die misdadiger is, en haar antwoord was, “O ja”. Een groot les wat sy by Labuschagne geleer het, is: “As jy met hulle werk, kan jy nie sê ‘jy’s ‘n monster, sit baie ver van my af, maar vertel my alles omtrent jouself’ nie.”

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Romanzalesersblog het met Van der Spuy gesels oor haar boek en al die interessanthede wat sy tydens haar navorsing ontdek het, onder meer dat die vroue agter tralies steeds daarvan hou om romanses te lees. “Ek het vir hulle liefdesverhale deur Chanette Paul, Sophia Kapp en Romanzas geneem. Hulle was in ekstase daaroor,” vertel sy.

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Carla het tydens die bekendstelling, Breakfast behind bars, vir haar boek Man of monster – die psige vir van ‘n misdadiger betrokke geraak by die Reading for redemption-projek wat op Losperfontein, Pollsmoor en die Obiqua-gevangenisse gehou is.

Die Reading for Redemption-projek is ’n inisiatief van die voormalige minister van korrektiewe dienste meneer Sbusiso Ndebele, self ’n ywerige leser, as deel van die rehabilitasieprogram vir gevangenes.

“Ons moedig gevangenes aan om te lees en om te studeer. Sodoende word ’n omgewing geskep wat tot gevangenes se verbetering bydra,” sê hy.

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“Yesterday’s Victims are Today’s Criminals”: Carla van der Spuy Sums up Her Book Blood on Her Hands

Blood on Her HandsCarla van der Spuy spoke to SABC Digital News about her new book, Blood on Her Hands: Women Behind Bars.

In 2013, South Africa’s rate of female homicides was five times higher than that of the global rate. Van der Spuy visited four different women during her research, speaking to women who had committed murder as well as those sharing cells with women found guilty of murder.

The author says: “If I could sum up the book in a nutshell, I would say ‘yesterday’s victims are today’s criminals’.”

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Join Carla van der Spuy at The Book Lounge for the Launch of Blood on Her Hands: Women Behind Bars

Invitation to the Launch of Blood on Her Hands

 
Blood on Her Hands: Women Behind BarsLAPA and The Book Lounge would like to invite you to the launch of Blood on Her Hands: Women Behind Bars by Carla van der Spuy.

The author will be speaking about the research she conducted in four South African prisons in an attempt to answer the question “What drives women to commit murder?”.

The launch will be taking place on Wednesday, 19 August, at 5:30 PM at The Book Lounge. The Afrikaans edition of this book – Bloed op haar handewill be launched in Tokai on Thursday, 20 August.

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