Clinical psychologist, Zamo Mbele, says President Jacob Zuma's comments that stress is only felt by white people could perpetuate perceptions and stigma around mental health.
The President made these comments in front of hundreds of African National Congress (ANC) members during his birthday celebration in Soweto on Wednesday.
Mbele says the President's comments could mislead people about the causes of depression and stress, which has nothing to do with race.
Such comments are based on the eugenics that the apartheid government used to use as warfare against black people. It's embedded in that comment that black people are lesser than white people to the extent that you can make a condition exclusive to whiteness.— Zamo Mbele, clinical psychologist
It shows how much of a racist society we still in, even among black people.— Zamo Mbele, clinical psychologist
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This article first appeared on 702 : "Zuma's comments about white people and stress is a legacy of racism"