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Nurse struggles to maintain consistency during cross examination at Life Esidimeni arbitration

 JOHANNESBURG, November 15 – A deputy managing nurse struggled to maintain consistency during her testimony when explaining her role as a quality assurance officer while testifying at the Life Esidimeni arbitration in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Dikeledi Manaka was employed as a quality assurance assessor at a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Cullinan, east of Pretoria — Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation […]

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Gauteng health department ignored warning against Esidimeni transfers – Doctor

JOHANNESBURG, November 14 – An expert witness told the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing on Tuesday that the Gauteng Department of Health ignored professional advice cautioning against the rushed transfer of mentally ill patients .   Specialist psychiatrist, Dr Mavuso Talatala, who was the president of the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SAPO) at the time of […]

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State dismisses expert opinion as ‘hearsay’: Life Esidimeni

JOHANNESBURG, 13 – State attorney Tebogo Hutamo has requested that a clinical psychologist’s evidence describing trauma and anxiety experienced by former Life Esidimeni patients be set aside at the arbitration. Hutamo said Coralie Trotter’s evidence should be ruled inadmissible as she did not personally interview victims’ families. The documents she based her evidence on were […]

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Former health MEC Mahlangu to testify at Life Esidimeni hearing next year

JOHANNESBURG, November 10 – Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu will testify at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing only in January 2018 due to her ongoing studies in the United Kingdom, her attorney Angelo Christophorou said on Friday.   Christophorou ,from Biccari Bollo Mariano (BBM) law firm, said: ”Mahlangu will testify from 22 up to 26 […]

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Children died after removal from Esidimeni before: Dr Mkhatshwa

JOHANNESBURG, October 18 – Seventeen intellectually challenged children died at a Soweto NGO in 2007 after they were removed from Life Esidimeni by the Gauteng health department, the arbitration hearing held in Johannesburg heard on Wednesday. This was revealed by Life Esidimeni manager Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa at the hearing, chaired by retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke. “The […]