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Esidimeni compensation likely unaffordable to Gauteng health department

November 6, 2017

No action has been taken against 11 health officials implicated in Esidimeni crisis, former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu who made the decision that led to 141 deaths remains illusive and the “bankrupt” Gauteng Health Department is currently unable to fund a compensation ruling.

‘Truth over justice’: Amnesty suggested for Esidimeni NGOs

October 24, 2017

A family member of a patient who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy has suggested amnesty be given to implicated non-governmental organisation (NGO) officials in the interests of “getting answers”.

Esidimeni day 3: MEC Mahlangu ‘difficult to reach’

October 12, 2017

Day three of the Life Esidimeni alternative dispute resolution was fraught with frustrations and characterised by dodging, vague answers and unsatisfactory witness testimony.

Health Ministry not informed about Esidimeni transfers

October 11, 2017

Establishing the infrastructure needed to take proper full-time care of mentally ill patients is an expensive exercise, and should never have been regarded as an area where costs could be cut.

Unhappiness with witness list for Esidimeni hearings

October 9, 2017

Lawyers acting on behalf of bereaved families of the former Life Esidimeni patients are disappointed with the list of witnesses introduced by the state on the first day of hearings into the deaths of the psychiatric patients.

Learn from Esidimeni: Invest in community mental health

September 11, 2017
Mental Health  

Community-based mental health organisations are cash-strapped, and face ongoing threats from government that their subsidies will be cut. But the Esidimeni tragedy shows that more money should be invested in these facilities to protect patients from being discharged into hostile communities before they are ready.

Esidimeni families left in the dark about police investigations

June 19, 2017

As the death toll from the Life Esidimeni tragedy rises to the 110 mark, patients’ families say the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been “dangerously slow” to act.