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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.

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The violent lives of Soweto’s children

February 28, 2018

Ninety nine percent of children involved in a Soweto study have been exposed to extreme forms of violence at some point in their lives, according to results from the Birth to Twenty Plus study published in the South African Medical Journal on Wednesday.

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.

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.

When a ‘bundle of joy’ becomes a mental struggle

December 18, 2017

Postnatal depression doesn’t only threaten the health of parents. Failing to bond with babies in their crucial first months of life can predispose a child to range of mental health and developmental problems. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out why South African parents, especially mothers, are depressed and what it could take to lift their […]

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.