WATCH: Families testify at Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing

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The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues.

The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues.

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The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues.

The Life Esidimeni arbitration continues.

 

 

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JOHANNESBURG - The inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the Life Esidimeni tragedy will hear additional testimony from the families of those who died on Monday.

Christine Nxumalo, whose sister was one of the 141 psychiatric patients who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy last year, said she struggled for about two weeks to find her sibling&39;s body.

"I actually struggled to get my sister’s body. It took me weeks going back and forth. I ended up having to go to a police station and I had to open a case. I had to ask them to assist me to getting my sister’s body," she said. 

Nxumalo said that she was not sure what the arrangement was between the funeral parlour Put You To Rest and  theNGO Precious Angels, where her sister had been treated.

"But they were insisting that I do the funeral service with them. And when I said I can’t, they refused to release the body," she said.

On Friday, family members gave harrowing testimony into their experiences.

Boitumelo Mangena, whose mother was receiving treatment, said, “The place was overcrowded, some people were sitting on the floor, I could not recognize my mom because of the amount of weight she had lost, she was sitting in a corner shivering.”

Mangena&39;s mother died under the care of the deadliest of the unlicensed NGOs.

*View the video above for more live testimony into the tragic circumstances surrounding Life Esidimeni.