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?
Just heard the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has found against the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in both cases dealing with their handling of the complaints of Judge President John Hlophe and the judges of the Constitutional Court. The case has to be re-opened. Anyone with copies of the judgements, please send them to me!BACK TO TOP