The depression hiding in the judicial system

In silence: Pain and depression lie behind the stoic of the judiciary PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
In silence: Pain and depression lie behind the stoic of the judiciary PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

The men and women with the gowns and wigs are traditionally stoic. Emotionless, they sit and hear the most gruesome and tragic of tales in excruciating detail, again and again and pronounce difficult judgments. Mmegi Correspondent, TUMELO MOUWANE, peers behind the veil

“You are sentenced to death by hanging.”

“You are not to make any contact or communication with your spouse until the court orders so.”  “You are sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.’’   “This marriage has been legally dissolved, parties to share property equally.” Everyday, members of the judiciary at various levels pass difficult judgements, including the ultimate one, the death sentence.  They do not live in their chambers. They get up after these trying decisions and go home. They have husbands, wives, children, relatives and friends. They too, are members of the community, but unlike the rest of us, they are not allowed to show any weakness when confronted with the growing emotional and psychological burden life and work pile on us.

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