Books and Publications
Dealing in Death
What drives a mother to murder her child?
In September 2007, Ellen Pakkies, a working mother from Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats, strangled her son to death. Her trial exposed the dark underbelly of a community crippled by drug and alcohol abuse. 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.
Fifty years in the history of one of South Africa’s greatest businesses, Old Mutual, as seen through the eyes of Gerhard van Niekerk, ex Managing Director and Board Member of Old Mutual. Starting in the early 1960’s, the book traces the turbulent environment in which it operated in South Africa, the emergence of HIV AIDS and then the mammoth demutualization initiative, which changed the course of the business forever going forward.
Steeped in Blood
Bloody crimes of passion, political assassinations, sinister poisonings, investment fraud and mass mining disasters…Dr David Klatzow has seen it all. Steeped in Blood provides gripping accounts of dozens of these matters, including the infamous deaths of Brett Kebble and Inge Lotz, the Helderberg aeroplane crash and the frustrating investigations of the brutal apartheid years. Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction in 2011.