12 October 2017

South Africa: 59 Life Esidimeni Patients Unaccounted for, 7 Who Died Remain Unidentified

Fifty-nine patients who were discharged from Life Esidimeni are still unaccounted for, while seven patients who passed away have not been identified and their families have not been traced.

This is according to Dr Malebone Precious Matsoso, the director general of the national health department, who was testifying at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing on Thursday morning.

The hearing was set up after the deaths of at least 118 mentally ill patients who died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni to 27 other NGOs.

Matsoso told the hearing on Thursday that the government had set up a task team to help trace and identify patients, but they were unable to trace 59 patients whose Sassa grants were still being withdrawn every month.

To the gasps of some family members in the audience, Matsoso also said there were seven patients who had passed away who hadn't been identified yet and whose families must still be traced.

An emotional Matsoso said: "I want to apologise for the failures.. something like this should never have happened."

Arbitration hearing chair former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke responded: "Thank you for the apology. We do need a responsive government; we need a caring government... These responses have been heartening.

"Wrongs ought to be corrected. Those who hold power should be able to respond to those who don't hold power," he said.

Her testimony continues.

Source: News24

South Africa

Land Claims Must Still Go Through the Courts - Agri SA Tells Land Owners

As land expropriation without compensation gains momentum, agricultural industry association Agri SA has taken it upon… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.