Keketso Peete is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand. His research explores questions of criminality, morality, the human body, and the use of licit and illicit drugs. In the ‘What’s at Stake in the Fake?’ project, his research examines the interplay between (1) questions of the availability of ‘fake’ anti-malarial drugs in Tanzania and (2) the forms knowledge that are used to promote (or even oppose) the existence of such drugs. Keketso asks these questions by working with medicine shops (duka la dawa) as an ethnographic site, paying particular attention to how people react to the idea that they are living in a community full of ‘fake’ anti-malarial pharmaceuticals. Through his research, Keketso hopes to bring phenomenological insights to existing knowledge around ‘fake’ drugs, based on people’s lived experiences. This is to both challenge and make a contribution into the ways in which we think, talk, and classify ‘fake’ pharmaceuticals.
“It is better to come up with reasons why you have failed rather than excuses why you did not try” – Keketso Peete