Independent tribunal appointed to investigate psychiatric patients' deaths

File: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi (C) during a media briefing by the Health Ombudsman to announce the final report on the Life Esidimeni psychiatric patients’ deaths on February 01, 2017 in Pretoria. Photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Felix Dlangamandla

JOHANNESBURG - As the death of another former Life Esidimeni patient has been confirmed on Monday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed an ad hoc independent tribunal to process all appeals relating to the Health Ombudsman's report into the tragedy.

Over 100 mentally-ill patients died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni to several unlicensed NGOs.

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The tribunal will be headed by the retired Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court, Bernard Ngoepe.

The tribunal is expected to conclude the appeal process within two months.

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