Death of UCT Professor Has Re-Opened The Conversation About Depression Among Black People

South African Twitter reflects on depression among black people after Professor Bongani Mayosi's death.

On Saturday, it was reported that University of Cape Town's Professor Bongani Mayosi took his own life at 51. The world-renowned cardiologist and Dean of Health Sciences was battling depression for the past two years, according to his family.

His death has caused many South Africans on Twitter to reflect on depression among black people, especially black men.


Below are some tweets from South Africans responding to Mayosi's death and reflecting on depression, from how it can affect even those who are successful, to how seriously black people must treat mental illness.

Dr Mayosi was mostly known for his discovery of the genetic mutation that causes heart failure. He was respected by students and staff alike. It's been reported that his death is linked to the #FeesMustFall protests, as he was deeply affected by students not being able to afford university fees.

"He really cared about students, their problems and suffering. It had a great emotional effect on him," a member of staff at UCT's Health Sciences faculty was quoted by City Press as saying.


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