Judgment expected in Life Esidimeni inquest

JOHANNESBURG - Eight years on, families of the Life  Esidimeni victims will finally get some answers.

Judgment is expected in the inquest into the 2016 tragedy.

A total of 141 mental health patients died from March of that year.

They were moved from the specialised psychiatric care hospital to ill-equipped and unlicensed NGOs.

It was after former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu terminated the contract and closed the facility.


Almost 2,000 patients were hurriedly moved to alternative facilities.

It's reported they were subject to torture and ill-treatment.

The inquest was held to determine the cause of the deaths and if anyone should be held criminally liable.

Christine Nxumalo blew the whistle after she found out about the death of her sister, Virginia Machpelah.

Her sister had been moved without her knowledge to the Precious Angels NGO.  

She discovered after a trip to the funeral home that more patients had died.

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