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Dealing In Death - Ellen Pakkies And A Community's Struggle With Tik (Paperback, New Updated Edition) Loot Price: R165
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Dealing In Death - Ellen Pakkies And A Community's Struggle With Tik (Paperback, New Updated Edition)

Sylvia Walker

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In September 2007, Ellen Pakkies, a working mother from Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats, strangled her son to death. The judge in the subsequent trial sentenced her to community service for her crime. What drove Ellen to commit this horrific deed, and why the ostensibly light sentence for such a heinous crime?

The story of what happened over ten years ago has continued to grip public interest, putting a spotlight on the dire and desperate situation faced by many parents of addicted children. A highly successful play was produced in theatres around South Africa in 2011/12, and a full-length movie has recently been made of this story, which will reach the big screen in September 2018.

When Dealing in Death was first published in 2009, the scourge of drug addiction was sweeping across South Africa, affecting every level of society. Little, if anything, has changed since then, as this new edition reveals. The use of tik, particularly in the Western Cape, has skyrocketed, and it was Abie Pakkies’s addiction to this drug, and the horrendous impact it had on his and his family’s lives, that drove Ellen to murder. Her trial exposed the dark underbelly of a community crippled by drug and alcohol abuse, and focused attention on the plight of those who live in poverty and do not have recourse to drug-rehabilitation centres and other measures effective in the treatment of addicts.

Dealing in Death looks at the global and local drugs culture, the predicament of Ellen Pakkies and other mothers like her, and an impoverished community and the apartheid laws that gave birth to it.

General

Imprint: Penguin Random House South Africa
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: September 2018
First published: 2009
Authors: Sylvia Walker
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
Edition: New Updated Edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-77609-399-1
Barcode: 9781776093991
Categories: Books > Local Author Showcase > Lifestyle
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > Illness & addiction: social aspects > Drug addiction & substance abuse
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LSN: 1-77609-399-2

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