In some corners of South Africa, those living with mental disorders are still tied to trees and denied food by the very people meant to protect them – their families. As mental illness remains shrouded in stigma, real questions remain about where South Africa is in the fight for better mental health
April Eiland claims his home in Douglas outside of Kuruman is plagued almost daily by horrid smells emanating from blocked sewers and he claims the Siyancuma Local Municipality has done nothing to fix the problem since he first reported it last year.
The suicide of an ex-prisoner, who was allegedly stigmatised in his community because of his conviction, has left his mother reeling. A Northern Cape social worker has now called on communities to stop discriminating against those who have served their time for their crimes.