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?
MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT: JUDICIAL VACANCIES
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) invites nominations to fill vacancies as Judges in the following Courts:
Two vacancies (Deputy Judges President, Bhisho and Mthatha)
One vacancy (Port Elizabeth)
One vacancy (Deputy Judge President)
Nominations must be accompanied by the candidate’s written consent, detailed curriculum vitae disclosing the candidate’s formal qualifications for appointment, the standard questionnaire completed and signed by the candidate, as well as copies of at least three written judgments by the candidate. The standard questionnaire to be completed by all nominees is available on the South African Judiciary website: www.judiciary.org.za alternatively on the Constitutional Court website: www.constitutionalcourt.org.za.
The JSC reserves the right to recommend a candidate for the filling of any vacancy which may exist at the time of the interviews. This is to avoid the situation which has arisen in the past when, despite the availability of suitable candidates, no appointments could be made to fill vacancies which had occurred subsequent to the notice calling for nominations. Consequently, in making nominations, regard should be had to the possibility that more judicial vacancies may occur than have been advertised.
The Secretariat wishes to emphasize the following points:
Interviews will take place during the week of 05-09 October 2015 in Cape Town. The exact venue for the interviews will be communicated to shortlisted candidates and members of the public in due course.
Applications must be addressed to:
The Secretariat of the JSC
Private Bag X1
Tel: (011) 838 2019/2015
Fax2Email: 086 649 0944
Candidates who wish to hand deliver their nominations could do so either at 14th Floor Edura House, 41 Fox Street, Johannesburg alternatively at the Constitutional Court.
Secretariat: Judicial Service Commission
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