Spot the loonyBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6968.1588 (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1588
- Kwame McKenzie
Channel 4 Witness: “Valkenberg” 1 December
The trailer said that Witness would investigate how the changes in South Africa had affected people with mental illness. A production team had alighted at Valkenberg, a 1000 bedded psychiatric hospital in Cape Town, built as an asylum in 1981. The hospital was exclusively white until the crumbling of apartheid brought integration in 1990. Unfortunately, the promised investigation was not forthcoming. Perhaps everyone was living in harmony and there was no story to be found; perhaps there was a story but the team could not find anyone lucid enough (patients or staff) to be interviewed; or perhaps …
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