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Esidimeni: Doctors erase ‘unnatural’ deaths

September 4, 2017
News  

The dead have one final shot at justice. It lies with the medical officers who sign their death certificate. They are supposed to refer questionable deaths for post-mortems, but even this was bungled for the Esidimeni patients. SARAH WILD reports

Press Ombud dismisses Esidimeni funeral parlour complaint

May 11, 2017
News  

Press Ombudsman Johan Retief recently dismissed a complaint against Daily Maverick/ Health-e News for a story we wrote about how former Esidimeni patients who had died had been found in a Pretoria morgue. 

Esidimeni’s dead stored in pile at morgue

February 20, 2017
News  

After a six-hour wait, yesterday morning the Director-General of Health was given access to a rundown private mortuary where bodies of Esidimeni’s dead were kept last year.

Mahlangu denies culpability but many want blood

February 3, 2017
Mental Health   News  

Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu denies culpability for the deaths of almost 100 mentally ill patients in Gauteng, but some believe she should be held criminally liable.

Esidimeni: This must NEVER happen again

February 2, 2017
Mental Health  

The deaths of 94 mentally ill patients transferred from Esidimeni centre is the biggest recorded mental health scandal in the history of South Africa.

Mass move of Gauteng’s mentally ill

June 27, 2016
Mental Health  

Deinstitutionalisation. It sounds good: taking mentally ill people out of psychiatric institutions and putting them into community homes or back with their families. But the outcome is seldom positive, as Gauteng patients have discovered.