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EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Pakkies speaks to Rian van Heerden about 'Die Ellen Pakkies Storie'

Ellen Pakkies made headlines after she killed her tik-addicted son in 2007. In September this year, she speaks to Rian van Heerden ahead of the release of "Die Ellen Pakkies Storie", the feature film based on her life. 

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In 2007, Lavender Hill resident and mother of two Ellen Pakkies made one of the toughest decisions she would ever make. At her wits' end with her drug-addicted son Abie, Ellen used a rope to strangle her 20-year-old son to death

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Ellen was handed a suspended three-year sentence and ordered to perform 280 hours of community service by the Cape High Court. The Cape Town mother's story captured the hearts and minds of people all over the globe. 

Ellen's life story has been told on stage in "My Naam/Name Is Ellen Pakkies" which ran at the State Theatre in 2013. Now, Ellen's incredible story is coming to the big screen in "Die Ellen Pakkies Storie".

The trailer for the feature film promises a gripping story that will stay in the hearts of viewers long after they have left the cinema. 

Rian planned a special surprise for Ellen, giving her something that would help to take her community project ("Change Lives with A Can of Paint") to new heights. Ellen believes it is important to bring the beauty back to the homes of the people in the community so that they have something positive to focus on.

Decorative Business Head of Plascon South Africa Katlego Kondlo gifted Ellen with an incredible 4000 litres of Easy Living paint that Ellen and the Lavender Hill community can tint to the colour of their choice to use in the "Change Lives with A Can of Paint" project. 

Plascon also selected 20 youths from the community and enrolled them in a short course in painting to allow them to develop their skills for possible employment.

Furthermore, Plascon donated 20 paint starter packs for the youths who can use it on their first job.


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