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 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.
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.