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?
Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davis says the JSC’s recently-published criteria for the appointment of judges are ‘simply not good enough’. Business Day notes the criteria were applied for the first time earlier this month during interviews by the JSC. Davis, speaking at a debate organised by the Constitutional Court Clerks Alumni Association last night, said some of the latest appointments raised ‘troubling questions’, such as whether the JSC was looking for more deference to the government from SA’s judges. He reportedly said it was also essential that the public is informed how the criteria are being implemented. ‘Simply putting those (criteria) out there, in the incoherent way that they have, is simply not good enough.
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