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Bassie’s book, Bassie: My Journey of Hope was officially launched on 10 October.

During a video interview with Sapa, the star said she had always known she would write a book especially after she won Miss SA in 1994.

“Wow. I was always going to write a book, I’ve always known that when I came into public life in 1994. Simply because I understood the hour at which I was crowned. The moment that South Africa was going through,” she said.

Bassie also spoke about how people who don’t know her would be shocked to learn that she’s a stat of gender-based violence

“That my first boyfriend beat me up and the last straw was when he [pointed] a gun at my face. And for me it was important to be honest and speak about that because of the time we live in.”

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She added that it was important for her to use her voice because many women are dying in relationships.

Watch the full interview here: