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Life Esidimeni families ‘angry’ as Mahlangu takes the stand

January 23, 2018
News  

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
News  

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.

Esidimeni compensation likely unaffordable to Gauteng health department

November 6, 2017
News  

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
News  

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”.

Mentally ill patient sparks fire in hospital ceiling

October 4, 2017
News   OurHealth  

LIMPOPO – A mentally ill patient admitted to Letaba Hospital, at Nkowankowa near Tzaneen, almost set the hospital on fire by climbing into the ceiling and causing electrical cables to trip and spark.

Esidimeni families left in the dark about police investigations

June 19, 2017
News  

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.

More Esidimeni deaths, but none from neglect

April 21, 2017
News  

About six more former Life Esidimeni patients have died since the Ombudsman’s investigation but none passed on in the same “inhumane, negligent and unacceptable conditions”.