223pp., paperback, New Edition, Cape Town, (2009) 2018
Includes a new foreword by Helen Zille.
In 2007 Ellen Pakkies, a working mother from Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats, strangled her son, a tik addict, to death. She was sentenced to community service. Sylvia Walker details the desperate situation faced by parents of addicted children. She also looks at the global and local drug culture and the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on those who live in poverty.
Sylvia Walker is the co-author, with David Klatzow, of "Steeped in Blood". She is currently the resident financial advisor on the Cape Talk Early Breakfast Show.