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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Like many women in Diepkloof, Julia Da Silva and Maria Du Preez are now redheads, after the recent arrival of some hair dye. Like many women in Diepkloof, Julia, pictured on the left, is in jail for killing her partner. After her husband threatened to kill her, she stole his gun and tried to give it to the police. They arrested her for gun theft.

I dropped two sleeping tablets in my husband’s tea. I hired two men. They took him outside and gasified him in his own car. He woke up. So they beat him with a baseball bat, put him in the boot, and set it alight. For that I got 25 years. I know that what we did was wrong.

But I couldn’t take it any more.