Asem deur Jan Vermeulen | Chapter 3 | English Summary

Asem deur Jan Vermeulen

Chapter 3 Summary

Barries comes to in a hospital bed with a drip attached to his arm. His mother is present, and she explains to him that he and his friends are in a whole lot of trouble. Barries and his friends ran someone over in their drug-influenced ride that night and to make things worse, this is all being revealed to him on Monday morning. After the nurse gives him his medication, she notifies Barries and his mother that there are people there to visit him and that they can now be let into the ward. A black man in a suit accompanied by a young white woman in police uniform – Captain Mfeka of Narcotics and Sergeant Schreuder, bearing Barries’ clothes from that night with the contraband. They announce that they’re arresting him for various infractions, which include the possession of illicit substances, assault from his scuffle in the club, as well as damage to property for a broken door from an earlier incident. Mfeka is eager to throw Barries into a cell, but Schreuder attempts to appeal to his sense of mercy and draw upon the fact that Barries is young. She suggests using him to find out the source of the drugs in exchange for his freedom, revealing in the process that Lizette is going to testify against Theo. Rage wells up within Barries and refuses to believe Lizette would abandon them and steels his resolve not to do what he feels would be betraying his friends. They eventually give him an ultimatum – he should spend 6 weeks away with his father in the Eastern Cape, or go straight to jail. They will return the next day at noon to hear his decision.

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