Officials suspended, more NGOs shut down after Esidimeni tragedy

The transfers to Selby Park hospital are part of recommendations by the Health Ombudsman's report into the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says five health officials have been suspended for the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

More than 100 psychiatric patients died after being transferred to unregistered NGOs last year.

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Ramokgopa says two more unlawful NGOs have been shut down.

Twenty NGOs are still operating. More than 60 mentally ill patients have already been moved from the NGOs.

The transfers form part of recommendations by the Health Ombudsman. Former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu resigned following explosive details of incompetence in the handling of the closure of Esidimeni and the transfer of its patients.

 

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