Esidimeni Tragedy to Haunt ANC at South African Polls?

Elections are coming and the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng needs to promote its successes, but it can't escape the Life Esidimeni debacle, writes Greg Nicolson for The Daily Maverick. Protesters who marched to Premier David Makhura's office and the ANC's Luthuli House demanded relatives be paid compensation after the provincial government decided to move over 1,000 chronic psychiatric patients from Life Esidimeni facilities to ill-equipped NGOs, which led to the deaths of at least 144 patients.

Angry families protest over Life Esidimeni deaths scandal outside the Gauteng health department offices in Johannesburg (file photo).

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