'Tik addiction destroying homes'

A mother acquitted for strangling her addict son is challenged again as her younger son follows suit.

Ellen Pakkies was acquitted of her son's murder after his tik addiction pushed her over the edge. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Lavender Hill mother said on Wednesday she wants nothing to do with her eldest son who is a drug addict.

Eyewitness News caught up with 51-year-old Ellen Pakkies as part of Lead SA's Drug Watch Campaign.

Pakkies made headlines after she was acquitted for strangling her younger 20-year-old son Abie after his Tik addiction pushed her over the edge.

Ellen Pakkies looked serene while she spoke with EWN , but said she was still battling to deal with the trauma of her son's death.

She admitted she misses him but is facing a similar situation as her eldest son is attempting to destroy her household because he needs money to fund his drug habit.

"I don't even want to open the gate for him and when he comes and asks for money I chase him away."

Pakkies said the Lavender Hill community is degenerating further into poverty and substance abuse is escalating on the streets.

"There are a lot of people who are begging on the streets because the children who live in their houses, who are on drugs, are the ones chasing their parents out to beg."

She added government is doing nothing to help those spiralling into a bottomless pit of poverty, abuse and violence.