Esdimeni victims' families asked why they were crying: witness

File: Friday's arbitration hearings into the Life Esidimeni tragedy saw more shocking testimony come to light. Photo: Gallo / Deon Raath

JOHANNESBURG - Friday's arbitration hearings into the Life Esidimeni tragedy saw more shocking testimony come to light.

Boitumelo Mangena took the stand today.

Her mother was moved from Life Esidimeni to the Takalani NGO, where she later died.

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Mangena has testified that her mother's death has taken a toll on her health.

She says government hasn't shown sympathy toward the victim's families.

According to Mangena, "They had another healing session earlier this year in Pretoria the MC again said people die all the time so why are you crying. 

Mangena continued: "We understand that people die all the time; our problem is the manner in which these people died. These people were sent to their death and they died in the most painful way possible. They were tortured to the point of death."

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