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High Court dismisses Sadag’s application against GP health dept

The group had filed an urgent application to relocate over 50 patients to the Takalani home.

Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Johannesburg has dismissed the South African Depression and Anxiety Group's (Sadag) urgent application to stop the Gauteng Health Department from moving more than 50 mentally ill patients from the Esidimeni hospital group.

Sadag was joined by three other concerned groups that challenged the department's decision to move the patients to the Takalani home, after government decided not to renew its contract with the Esidimeni group.

The department's Steve Mabona says they'll start moving the patients to the Takalani home today, as most of the patients don't have families to go home to.

"We were supposed to start with that process yesterday. Now that the court has agreed that there is nothing untoward in what we are doing, we will continue with the discharge."

But Sadag's Cassey Chambers says they're still not happy with the move.

"This is just one dip in the road; we are disappointed. However, we will continue to fight for patients' rights."

The High Court has also ordered all parties to continue communicating on the process, which Sadag views as a step in the right direction.

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