South Africa

Five years after Life Esidimeni tragedy inquest will begin in July

In 2016, patients died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni health-care facilities to NGOs after the end of the contract between the Gauteng government and the Life Esidimeni group.

Life Esidimeni provided highly specialised chronic care to about 2,000 mental-health patients.

Some of the NGOs were not licensed properly, and lacked the facilities to take proper care of patients.

Hearings by retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke brought to the fore shocking levels of depravity — cruelty, neglect and indifference on the part of government officials.

Last year TimesLIVE reported that 81 of the 352 claimants had not been paid.

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