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?
Invitation for Public Submissions by Constitutional Review Committee
In terms of Section 45(1 )(c) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution annually. Members of the public are therefore invited to make written submissions to the Committee on specific sections of the Constitution that they feel need to be reviewed.
Comments can be emailed to Committee Secretary Ms Pat Jayiya at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 28 May 2010.
Enquiries tel Ms Pat Jayiya: 021 403-3661 / cell: 083 709 8453.
Issued by: Adv SP Holomisa, MP and Mr BA Mnguni, Mp, Co-chairpersons: Constitutional Review Committee.BACK TO TOP