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Mental health in SA

How do psychopaths get the way they are?

Scans of psychopaths’ brains show there's no activity in the fibres that connect the frontal lobe and the limbic system. In addition there's often abnormal activity in the limbic system.

Does the law protect us against psychopaths?

Between September and November 1971, William van der Merwe, the 'Screwdriver Rapist' raped at least nine women. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but released after 15.

Psychopaths: Who are they?

All psychopaths aren't necessarily cold blooded killers. We all know people who don't commit crimes, but make the life of their nearest and dearest a living hell.

Mental illness common

Between 1% and 3% of the South African population are likely to suffer from a mental health problem severe enough to require hospitalisation.

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