Mentally ill Vha-Venda King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana begs his people not to discriminate against mentally ill people

‘I love people with mental illness’ says Vha-Venda King who is also mentally ill.

The Vha-Venda king Toni Mphephu Ramabulana has begged his people not to discriminate against mentally ill patients, saying they need to be loved and appreciated.
The King was speaking at Hayani Psychiatric Hospital, outside Thohoyandou where he goes for his medicine and regular check ups as a mental patient.
“You must not discriminate against individuals just because of their mental state, as we did not choose to be born that way. You must accommodate us and make us feel important and loved. That is why I decided to celebrate my birthday at a mental institution with people like me, it shows unity and also shows people like me that as their king, I love and appreciate them,” he said.
Among other issues the King addressed the issue of parents who neglect their mentally ill children.

“I have been informed that some of the parents who just send their mentally disturbed children here (Hayani Psychiatric Hospital) and never bother to visit them or monitor their progress. I am pleading with such parents to refrain from neglecting their children just because they suffer from mental illness,” said King Ramabulana.

Hayani is a psychiatric hospital operated by the Limpopo Department of Health. It provides medical service to thousands of patients in the Vhembe District suffering from various mental illnesses. King Ramabulana also called on all his chiefs to make sure that they look after mentally ill persons in their villages and protect them.