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Health Dept. assisting police, NPA with Esidimeni probe

Acting head of department Doctor Ernest Kenoshi is testifying in the Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Parktown.

Gauteng Health Department acting head of department Dr Ernest Kenoshi. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department says its handed over all clinical records of psychiatric patients to police and the National Prosecuting Authority which are investigating criminal charges against several officials in the department.

Acting head of department Doctor Ernest Kenoshi is testifying in the Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Parktown on Friday.

He's revealed that 23 more deaths have been reported since the Health Ombud released his report, meaning the death toll now stands at 141.

Kenoshi says the department is co-operating with police.

“The department has indeed been working with the SAPS and also with the National Prosecuting Authority. They have requested copies of all clinical records of patients that we have in our possession. And the department has co-operated and handed these over to the SAPS and to the NPA.”

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