The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for former Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela to be appointed to lead a process of redress over the 94 deaths of mental health patients in Gauteng.
DA MP Jack Bloom released a statement on Monday morning stating that the DA supported the recommendations of Health Ombudsman Prof Malegapuru Makgoba, and that the DA recommends Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Premier David Makhura call upon Madonsela as their preferred candidate, as she “has the necessary moral authority and support’.
“Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has recommended that the National Health Minister and the Gauteng Premier contact all affected individuals and families and enter into an Alternative Dispute Resolution process,” Bloom wrote in his statement, continuing by saying: “The Democratic Alliance supports this approach which avoids long-drawn-out legal proceedings as has occurred with the Marikana deaths.”
Bloom believes it would be a more satisfactory and speedy alternative to a class action lawsuit.
“We believe that former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has the necessary moral authority and support to ensure that there is a fair settlement for the relatives that includes financial compensation, while bearing in mind that no amount of money can recompense for the loss of a loved one.
“We hope that she can spare some time from her current sabbatical at Harvard University, otherwise someone else with a similar reputation for integrity and independence should be appointed.”
- Weekly Xposé Reporter