After years of suffering abuse and violence at the hands of her drug addict son, Ellen Pakkies killed him out of desperation.
This is the sad tale of a mother who vainly sought help from all quarters, including the government.
After being convicted of murdering her son, Pakkies, was last week sentenced in the Wynberg magistrate's court in Cape Town to 280 hours community service and three years in prison, wholly suspended.
The sentence is reasonable taking into account her ordeal and the horror of having had to kill her own child.
Pakkies' sad tale calls for an intensified campaign by the community and police against drug users and peddlers.