'Why I won't reveal name of deputy minister who raped me'

In her autobiographical novel, Bare, author Jackie Phamotse tells the story of Treasure, a young girl forced to grow up too quickly following a horrific gang rape when she is still a teenager.

Phamotse spoke to Sara-Jayne King about the book and why she chose to release it as fiction, rather than memoir.

I wanted to have the freedom to write it so as to include other people's real life experiences and also have the freedom of writing it in such a way that I would not be penalised if I said red was yellow and yellow was green.

Jackie Phamtose, Author

Treasure is lured into a life of money, sex and big business as she heads to Joburg to pursue her dream of becoming a model.

But she soon discovers that life in the big city is not all it's cracked up to be and she's soon involved with a wealthy, married man, with a dark secret.

At the launch of the book in December, Phamotse revealed that one of the men who had raped her was now a Deputy Minister, but she says she has her reasons for not disclosing his name.

He has contacted me multiple times, and following the book launch I was moved to a safe house because he had threatened to kill me.

Jackie Phamotse, Author

My reasoning behind not naming him is quite simply. Number one- it will be me fighting a whole political party, not just one person. Number two - I have lived through this pain for a very long time and I don't want to go back to the dark hole, fighting a court case that I might not win.

Jackie Phamotse, Author

Listen to the full interview with author, Jackie Phamotse:


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