Makhura’s office to support Moseneke in resolving Esidimeni dispute

Retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will soon meet with all parties concerned to outline the mediation process.

FILE: Former deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Premier David Makhura says his office will support retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke as he leads a dispute resolution into the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

Moseneke will soon meet with all parties concerned to outline the mediation process.

The move comes after a report released by the Health Ombudsman earlier this year revealed that over 100 psychiatric patients died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni facilities to other NGOs some of them illegal.

Makhura’s spokesperson Thabo Masebe says: “The mediator will convince the parties and they will discuss how the whole process is going to unfold.”

Last month, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa suspended all members of the mental health review board and they will be subjected to an inquiry into their fitness to hold office as a result of the tragedy.

Since being appointed Gauteng Health MEC in February, Ramokgopa has expressed concern over the mental health review board, questioning how the Life Esidimeni tragedy happened under its watch.

President Jacob Zuma, earlier this month, authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

The SIU will investigate 28 NGOs which were trusted with mentally ill patients.

It will probe serious maladministration by the Gauteng Health Department and unlawful, irregular or unapproved transactions.

Additional reporting by Masego Rahlaga and Pelane Phakgadi.