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Global mental health report blasts SA for Esidimeni

October 10, 2018

Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as “tragic”.

Lawyers take on listeriosis in class action suit

April 2, 2018

Emboldened by the recent Life Esidimeni constitutional damages award, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Tiger Brands and Enterprise Products on behalf of the listeriosis victims.

Op-ed: What you didn’t see at the Esidimeni arbitration

March 20, 2018

The decision of Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke in the Life Esidimeni arbitration is an important landmark following more than two years of resistance, negotiation, confrontation, heart break and horror, writes Section27 attorney.

Esidimeni: families each to get R1,2-million

March 20, 2018

Following a litany of lies, “murderous” decisions, agonising deaths and torturous transfers, an amount of R1.2-million will now be paid to each of the families affected by the Gauteng Department of Health’s decision to move mentally ill patients out of Life Esidimeni facilities.

Life Esidimeni: Untold consequences of trauma

February 12, 2018

Families of the 140-plus psychiatric patients who died after being moved from Life Esidimeni facilities to irregularly registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have suffered so much that some themselves are now dying.

Not our job to verify deaths says health department

February 2, 2018

The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) says it is not their job to verify 12 more casualties from the Life Esidimeni move, shifting the responsibility onto Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.

Esidimeni ‘disaster’ brings corruption in Gauteng health to light

February 1, 2018

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has vowed to fight corruption after testimony at the Life Esidimeni arbitrations further exposed the levels of financial mismanagement in his government.