Another Esidimeni death recorded


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 – An additional fatality has been recorded in the Life Esidimeni project.

A police report shows that police are now investigating 144 patient deaths.

This emerged at the arbitration hearings in Johannesburg on Friday. A mental health expert, Christoffel Glober testified that the project broke all medical ethics.

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Glober said that Gauteng’s mental health officials treated patients as sub-human.

He said had the project been investigated properly and the logical questions asked about the level of care the patient needed and assessed the care, "then death should have been foreseen.”