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Bantu Zotwana a diagnosed schizophrenic

Bantu Zotwana is a father, an author, a motivational speaker and a qualified sound engineer. He is also a diagnosed schizophrenic.
He shared his story with learners from Constantia Waldorf School during assembly on Monday 28 October as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.
He recounted a particularly bad episodes in matric year. Luckily, he had a supportive family who got him the help he needed. His journey included time spent in several rehabs, Akeso, Stikland Mental Hospital and Tygerberg Mental Hospital. Zotwana says schizophrenia can be managed with the right medication. He completed his matric at the age of 21 and later a national diploma in sound engineering.
He says the stigma surrounding his illness has stood in the way of him being offered formal employment. He currently relies on a disability grant while he continues to educate others on the misperceptions surrounding those with mental illnesses.


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