FUNEKA Mfiyane is a bright 29-year-old Mdantsane resident, who graduated with a national diploma in public management from the Cape Technikon.
Yet, Mfiyane cannot find a job because she was diagnosed as schizophrenic at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital’s Mental Health Unit in 2005.
She had been suffering from schizophrenia for about six years before she was taken to the unit for treatment.
“At first ... I did not take my prescribed medication,” admits Mfiyane. She suffered a relapse and in 2007, her mother had to call the police to get her back to CMH’s Mental Health Unit.
She now takes her medicine regularly and was referred to Rehab by the CMH psychiatrists.
But so far Mfiyane has not been able to land a permanent position.
She applied for a job at a pharmacy where she worked for a week until it was discovered that she suffered from schizophrenia after a security guard found her medication .
Mfiyane says she is discouraged.
But Rehab director Zininzi Mpurwana had some good news for Mfiyane . “I have decided to take her back at Rehab to assist us with administrative activities on a two day per week basis .”