Depressed? Don’t read Kombuis’s blog

September 12, 2008

Depressed? Don’t read Kombuis’s blog

Melanie Peters

September 06 2008 at 12:08PM

Afrikaans singer and writer Koos Kombuis has come under fire for criticising people with bipolar disorder, saying he did not think “shrinks” knew what they were doing and he was gatvol with people suffering from the condition.

He says he has had enough of people who are self-seeking and have to be handled with kid gloves.

His blog on the website Litnet caused a stir, and Kombuis was asked to retract it after complaints.

One of his friends, Johannes Kerkorrel, hanged himself because of depression.

Kombuis is known as a maverick Afrikaans musician who has penned 10 books. He and Kerkorrel both rebelled against apartheid.

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