Doctor Makgabo Manamela was one of the Gauteng health officials instrumental in deciding to move mentally ill patients from Life Esidemeni healthcare facilities to unregistered NGOs.
JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Gauteng Director of Mental Health, Dr Makgabo Manamela faced a tough grilling at the Life Esidimeni arbitration on Thursday.
Previous witnesses blamed her for the fatal marathon project that moved several ill patients to NGOs.
However, she says it was a collective decision and she shouldn’t shoulder the responsibility alone.
Manamela disputes all the evidence presented so far before the Life Esidimeni Arbitration.
An argument broke out between Manamela and a lawyer for families of Life Esidimeni victims.
Manamela was left scrambling under intense cross-examination at the Esedimeni arbitration hearings.
Manamela has acknowledged her department knew there weren&39;t enough beds for patients being moved to the Takalani facility.
She has explained why adult psychiatric patients were sent to a facility licensed to only accommodate children.
Manamela can&39;t explain why mental health patients died at NGOs.