Families of psychiatric patients who died after being transferred to NGOs from Life Esidimeni are holding a healing session on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says officials implicated in the Life Esidimeni tragedy should be held accountable.
Motsoaledi was speaking at a healing ceremony in Pretoria on Saturday for the families of the victims who died in the tragedy.
“We are still going to have inquests by a magistrate. People don’t just die and it ends there. We need to know what happened and how did people die," said Motsoaledi.
The families are still waiting for the findings of an arbitration into the deaths of the patients who were transferred to NGOs from the Life Esidimeni facility.
LifeEsidimeni These crosses represent the victims of the Life Esidimeni maladministration, also called a tragedy. Family members proceeded to the podium to lay them down. A family member behind me is heaving in grief. @GautengHealth MEC Ramokgopa is speaking now. pic.twitter.com/U8hYZhYrdq— Erin Bates (@ermbates) February 17, 2018
More than 140 patients died in the tragedy.