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Life Esidimeni families ‘angry’ as Mahlangu takes the stand

January 23, 2018

The first day of former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s testimony at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings has left families disgruntled, angry and with more questions than answers.

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Tackling rape culture in schools

January 22, 2018

How do we create a generation of young women who know their rights and young men who are less likely than their fathers to raise their fists? The Department of Basic Education believes we can learn from Sweden, and improve sexuality education in schools to teach learners about gender inequality, power, violence, and rape culture.

Government urged to ban intersex genital mutilation

January 15, 2018

Three young intersex South Africans have decided to go public with their stories to bring awareness to the plight of intersex infants and children who are still currently receiving unnecessary operations in this country to make their sex characteristics fit the binary of male or female.

When a ‘bundle of joy’ becomes a mental struggle

December 18, 2017

Postnatal depression doesn’t only threaten the health of parents. Failing to bond with babies in their crucial first months of life can predispose a child to range of mental health and developmental problems. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out why South African parents, especially mothers, are depressed and what it could take to lift their […]

Life Esidimeni: A snapshot of the tragedy

December 14, 2017

Here, Health-e has only profiled 10 former Life Esidimeni (LE) patients, and the circumstances around their deaths, but it provides a glimpse into the dignity denied to both mental health care users and their families before, during and after the fatal move.

Life Esidimeni: Remembering those who died

December 13, 2017

After about two months of harrowing testimony, the arbitration hearings into the Life Esidimeni tragedy came to a close last week. But families are no closer to the closure they want and need.

Policing the law: when rape survivors lose faith

December 11, 2017

For many victims of sexual violence, the law is not enough to protect them, particularly when rogue police officers use it as a tool for intimidation.