20°C / 22°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 30°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 28°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 27°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 27°C
  • 12°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 15°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 26°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 16°C
  • Tue
  • 33°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 30°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 30°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 29°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 16°C
  • Tue
  • 32°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 29°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 28°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 29°C
  • 19°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 20°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 15°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 16°C
  • 7°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 9°C
  • Sat
  • 30°C
  • 12°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 14°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 14°C
  • 9°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 33°C
  • 16°C
  • Tue
  • 35°C
  • 19°C
  • Wed
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 32°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 32°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 31°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 33°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 28°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 30°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 29°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 31°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 32°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 32°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 10°C

‘We cried when govt forced us to take in 27 Esidimeni patients’

A nursing manager at one of the facilities involved in the Esidimeni tragedy says the agreement was to take 10 patients but were forced to take 27.

Nursing manager Dikeledi Manaka. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A nursing manager at one of the facilities involved in the Esidimeni tragedy has told the arbitration hearings that she and her colleagues cried as they were being forced by the Gauteng Health Department to take large numbers of patients that they knew they could not care for.

Dikeledi Manaka has been testifying at the hearings in Parktown.

She works at the Cullinan Care and Rehab Centre in Pretoria.

Manaka says the agreement was to take 10 patients from Esidimeni but when they arrived they were forced to take 27.

“We cried… one life lost is one too many. A life is a life that can never be replaced.”

Some 143 patients lost their lives after the provincial Health Department terminated its contract with the Life Esidimeni group.

The hearings have adjourned and will continue on Wednesday.

LISTEN: Moseneke: Esidimeni tragedy comparable to Steve Biko treatment, death

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus