Hybristophilia and Heaven: The Ballad of Gert and Joey

Robert M. Kaplan

Affiliation: University of Wollongong, Sydney, Australia

Keywords: Gert van Rooyen, Joey Haarhoff, Child sexual abuse, Abduction, Satanic Ritual Abuse, South Africa, Apartheid, Evangelism, Dutch Reformed Church

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

DOI: 10.17160/josha.10.3.881

Languages: English

In 1989, Gert van Rooyen and Joey Haarhoff abducted and murdered six young girls, with no trace of their bodies ever found. The crimes occurred during a period of social breakdown in South Africa, marked by disillusionment with the Dutch Reform Church and the emergence of vast conspiracy theories. Gert was a known paedophile, and the involvement of his partner Joey can only be explained as a form of active hybristophilia. The couple's religious involvement is also notable, with Gert exhibiting characteristics of a cult leader. The crimes remain horrifying in a country with high rates of violence, rape, and murder.

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