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
16 May 2016

Discussion on appointment of new Public Protector

Appointment processes and our Chapter 9 Institutions

The Goedgedacht Forum and the Institute of Security Studies invite you to join Professor Pierre de Vos (Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance, Dept. of Public Law UCT)  and David Lewis (Executive Director, Corruption Watch) in a discussion facilitated by Judith February (senior research associate, ISS).

Chapter 9 institutions are an important part of our politics and have a vital role to play in the deepening of democracy.  They constitute an integral part of the checks and balances needed to ensure that the different arms of government are kept in balance.  Recent events have shown just how important these institutions are.  In order that they are empowered to do their work, we need to continually look at not only the work that they do, but also that they are properly resourced and that their institutional structures are strengthened.  Please join us to add your voice to this important discussion.

Event information

Date:            24th May 2016

Time:             9:30 am for 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue:          Spin Street, Cape Town

Please RSVP before 20th May 2016 to Felicity Harrison: felicity@gforum.co.za  

 

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