My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?
“We have a problem… this organisation [the ANC] is faced with a new enemy… and this enemy is composed of twins. Twins that are destroying the organisation,” said President Jacob Zuma. To loud applause from members, he said there were people in the ANC who were prepared for the organisation to be destroyed in order for them to occupy certain positions. Lobbying within the ANC had in some cases stopped being comradely and was now deadly, marked by character assassination and gossip. “This enemy, the one twin — authority, positions. The [other] twin is money. These two walk together; they are well armed; they are destroying the African National Congress,” Zuma warned.
The two were related because “some are looking for a position to put their friends so that they have access to resources,” he said to cheers and whistles of approval from his audience. Zuma said there were people in the organisation “who have surrendered themselves to the comrades of other comrades… who work 24 hours for certain comrades, not for the ANC. – Cape Times Report on a speech delivered by Preisdent Jacob Zuma to the ANC Western cape provincial general councilBACK TO TOP