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
15 January 2013

Shortlist of candidates for Con Court position

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL COURT VACANCY

On 23 October 2012, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) published an advertisement calling for nominations of interested persons to fill a vacancy in the Constitutional Court which will occur when Justice Zak Yacoob is discharged from active service at the end of January 2013.  The closing date for the nominations was set for 23 November 2012.

Following the closing date, the JSC has compiled a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed for the above-mentioned position as follows:

  1. Judge Selby Alan Masibonge Baqwa
  2. Judge Lebotsang Orphan Bosielo
  3. Adv Jeremy John Gauntlett SC
  4. Adv Mbuyiseli Madlanga SC; and
  5. Judge Brian Solomon Spilg

The organized legal profession and institutions with an interest in the work of the JSC are requested to submit comments on the abovementioned candidates to the Secretariat of the JSC by no later than 07 February 2013.

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 22 February 2013.  Details of the time and venue for the interviews will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates in due course.

Issued by the Judicial Service Commission

Enq: Adv D Ntsebeza SC 0824672490 and Mr C P Fourie 0828811737

15 January 2013 

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