The power politics of dangerous cults : New Frame
Showmax documentary Devilsdorp explores the macabre and murderous story of the religious, extremist sect Electus Per Deus (Chosen by God). Its members were responsible for a trail of mayhem from 2012 to 2016 in Gauteng’s Krugersdorp, which left at least 11 people dead. This group was a breakaway from an earlier group called Overcomers Through Christ, and the parent sect became one of its offshoot’s first targets.
Centred around its unofficial leader, Cecilia Steyn – who told outrageous lies about being a reformed “Satan worshipper” and “42nd generational witch” – the group murdered rival Christians. They also lured real estate agents and financial advisers into traps, murdering them for money and perverse thrills.
As the interviews and archival footage unearthed in the documentary show, Steyn’s reign of terror was enabled by an existing climate of…