Ellen Pakkies talks at community meeting

Social activist Ellen Pakkies and chairman of the The Integrated Community Network Forum, Victor Geldebloem.

The Integrated Community Network Forum hosted social activist, Ellen Pakkies as guest speaker at their second meeting on Saturday August 14 to discuss funding opportunities for the forum.

Ms Pakkies, from Lavender Hill, in 2007 killed her tik-addicted son Abie, having been abused by him for many years. She handed herself over to the police, pleaded guilty and in 2010 was sentenced three years imprisonment, suspended for three years, and 280 hours of community service.

From left are Christopher Lakay, Victor Gelderbloem, Helen Jacobs, Julian Koen, Valma Scheepers, Dorothea Lakay, Ellen Pakkies, Zelda Devine, Lerina Petersen, Denise Bowman and Sindisaa Bula, and in front are, Michelle Gelderbloem, Lawrence Brooks and Mushfieqa Caswell.

Ms Pakkies shared her story with the group and how important community programmes were, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged, said chairman Victor Geldebloem.

The meeting took place at the YMCA in Portland.

“We are seeking to collaborate with the City of Cape Town and to meet with the mayor as there is an urgent need for soup kitchen equipment and supplies so that the forum can feed more children in the community,” said Mr Geldebloem.

The guests at the meeting on Saturday August 14.