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Families of Esidimeni dead patients are not entitled to constitutional damages – State

JOHANNESBURG, February 9  – State advocate Tebogo Hutamo on Friday stunned the audience at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing when he said compensation should be awarded in relation to “what the families went through and not what the patients went through”. In his closing arguments, Hutamo said families of the 144 patients, who died during the botched […]

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Survivors of Life Esidimeni mental patient tragedy must be compensated – Legal Aid SA

JOHANNESBURG, February 9 – An advocate from the civil society group Legal Aid South Africa, who represents patients who survived the transfer from Life Esidimeni to non-governmental organisations, told the arbitration hearings into the deaths of 140 mentally ill patients that survivors also need to be compensated. Lilla Crouse said survivors should be compensated with […]

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Life Esidimeni families to be compensated

JOHANNESBURG, February 8  – Civil society grouping Section 27 and union Solidarity who represent some of the families of the mentally ill patients who died after the botched transfer from Life Esidimeni facilities into the care of ill-equipped non-governmental organisations across Gauteng, have agreed with the State that families will receive R200,000 as compensation. Section […]

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Health minister breaks down as he apologises to families of Life Esidimeni patients

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi shed tears on Wednesday, as he apologised to family members of the mentally ill patients who died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni to unlicensed non-governmental organisations. “When I read the [health] ombudsman report about how people were bundled in vans and tied with sheets and how […]

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Jacobus breaks down as she apologises to families of Life Esidimeni tragedy

JOHANNESBURG, January 19 – A deputy director of the Gauteng health department, who was part of the marathon project which transferred patients from Life Esidimeni to unlicensed non-governmental organisations (NGOs) was inconsolable on Friday, as she admitted that she was wrong for not stopping the project which resulted in the death of 143 psychiatric patients. […]

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Life Esidimeni hearing on death of patients to resume on Thursday

JOHANNESBURG, January 17  – The Life Esidimeni public hearing into the deaths of 143 psychiatric patients at unlicensed non-governmental organisations in Gauteng province will resume on Thursday. The inquiry resumes two days after the resignation of head of the Gauteng department of health Dr Barney Selebano, who approved the transfer of patients to the institutions. Most of […]

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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 […]