'She's not a witch, she has schizophrenia' – mental health in spotlight after woman set alight

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Taking medication for mental health still carries stigma in some communities.
Taking medication for mental health still carries stigma in some communities.
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Just a few weeks before, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She was confused and in an area she wasn't familiar with and when she walked into a stranger's yard, she didn't know exactly where she was.

Suddenly, there was a video of her circulating and she was accused of being a witch. Jostina Sangweni was burnt alive and later succumbed to her injuries in hospital. 

This has thrust the stigma surrounding mental health in the black community once again into the spotlight. It started when the video of a confused and apologetic Jostina was circulating on social media after she was allegedly found in a stranger’s yard.

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