Esidimeni compensation hearing dates set

File: Retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke will lead public hearings into the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Photo: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Public hearings will be held into compensation for the 2016 deaths of Gauteng mental health patients who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

Over 100 people passed away after being transferred from the facility and into the care of non-governmental organisations that were not registered.

Hearings will take place on October 9-30 at the Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown, Johannesburg.

READ: #LifeEsidimeni: Department to pay millions for psychiatric patients

Retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke was appointed to lead the process to determine further steps.

He will decide whether an alternative dispute resolution process should take place.

The state already conceded it was at fault for the deaths.

An arbitration process will be used to agree on fair compensation and redress for affected parties.

READ: Esidimeni tragedy: Review board officials suspended

Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa in June revealed all members of the mental health review board had been suspended due to the tragedy

All board members were subject to an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

The move was in line with Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba's recommendations.

The ombudsman ruled only one patient died from a mental health-related illness while remaining patients passed away from conditions like dehydration, diarrhoea and epilepsy.

Five more people died since the release of Makgoba's February report.


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