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Life Esidimeni hearing to resume January

JOHANNESBURG, December 8  – The Life Esidimeni public hearing into the deaths of 143 psychiatric patients who died at unlicensed non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Gautengm will resume in January. The hearing, chaired by retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke will reconvene on January 18. Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, widely blamed for the tragedy, was subpoenaed to testify […]

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Moseneke unimpressed with Manamela’s defensive testimony during Life Esidimeni hearings

JOHANNESBURG, November 23 – Retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke who is chairing the Life Esidimeni arbitration was visibly annoyed with Dr Makgabo Manamela after she refused to be held responsible for the 143 patients who died after a botched relocation to unlicensed NGO’s. Moseneke asked the suspended director of mental health service about her role in moving […]

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Doctor fingers former Gauteng health MEC and head of dept for Life Esidimeni transfer

JOHANNESBURG, November 23 – A doctor who has been implicated in the botched relocation of almost 2,000 Life Esidimeni patients to unlicensed NGOs has fingered former MEC of Health in Gauteng  Qedani Mahlangu, along with her department head Dr Tiego Selebano as the people who gave her instructions to start moving patients. Gauteng Director of Mental Health […]

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Health official fails to show at hearing into deaths of over 140 mentally ill patients in Gauteng

JOHANNESBURG, November 21 –  The suspended director of mental health in Gauteng, Dr Makgabo Manamela, will be issued with a warrant of arrest should she fail to avail herself on Thursday to testify about the deaths of over 140 patients from the Life Esidimeni psychiatric facility, the dispute resolution committee set up to probe the […]

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Doctor implicated in Life Esidimeni disaster denied request to testify at later date

JOHANNESBURG, November 20 – A doctor who has been implicated in the disastrous relocation of more than 3000 Life Esidimeni patients to unlicensed NGOs on Monday said she was not ready to testify before the alternative dispute resolution committee into the tragedy, but her request for a postponement was declined. Director of Mental Health, Doctor […]

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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 […]