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Makhura calls on families of Esidimeni Centre victims to come forward

David Makhura says they’ve not yet been able to contact some of the family members.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says they've not yet been able to contact some of the family members of the 36 psychiatric patients who died after being transferred from the life health care Life Healthcare Esidimeni Centre earlier this year.

Makhura spoke at his offices in Johannesburg today about land invasion but he diverted from the topic to express his concern about the deaths.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu earlier this week said the patients were moved to other facilities after the department terminated its contract with the centre.

The premier says he supports the decision to have the health ombud investigate the matter.

He says he is deeply concerned about the deaths of the patients and has called on family members who haven't yet come forward to do so.

Makhura says the number of mental health patients who die in health care facilities is disturbing and concerning.

He has urged family members of mental health patients not to neglect their loved ones while they're in treatment.

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