Quote of the week

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?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
29 September 2011

New Electoral Commission members announced

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MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

RECOMMENDED CANDIDATES FOR THE IMPENDING VACANCIES IN THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The Panel chaired by the Chief Justice and comprising of the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality and the Public Protector established in terms of section 6(3) of the Electoral Commission Act 51 of 1996, and mandated to recommend candidates to the Committee of the National Assembly for appointment by the President to the Electoral Commission met on 27 September 2011, at the InterContinental Hotel, Johannesburg to interview shortlisted candidates for the impending vacancies in Electoral Commission.

The Panel reconvened on 28 September 2011 and recommended the following candidates to the National Assembly:

  1. Reverend Frank Chikane
  2. Reverend Bongani Blessings Finca
  3. Mr Paul Malcolm Graham
  4. Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa
  5. Dr Sebiletso Mokone- Matabane
  6. Mrs Phumelele Nzimande
  7. Ms Raenette Taljaard
  8. Ms Illona Tip
  9. Advocate Pansy Tlakula
  10. Mr Terry Ismael Tselane

Issued by Office of the Chief Justice

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