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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.

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.

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
News   OurHealth  

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
News   OurHealth  

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.