NGOs implicated in Esidemeni tragedy to be closed

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Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

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Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says all implicated NGOs in the Life Esidemeni tragedy are to be closed.

He said all Gauteng Health Department officials named in the health ombudsman's report are already being dealt with.

At least 94 mentally ill patients died when they were moved from the Life Esidimeni Centre to 27 unlicensed NGOs.

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The patients were moved to cut costs.

Motsoaledi also said the prosecuting authority would decide if criminal cases were to be opened.

After the release of the report, 60 health experts were appointed to assess the institutions.

Motsoaledi said all 27 NGOs had been visited. In total, they have 42 facilities and seven have already been closed.

The Health Minister said 19 bodies still have to be identified.

Earlier this month, Health Ombudsman, Prof Malegapuru Makgoba, identified former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu as a key player in the movement of patients from the Life Esidimeni health care centre to the NGOs.