Esidimeni tragedy: 60 families claimed from govt so far

Dikgang Moseneke says the arbitration process will include claims from families of those who died and those who survived.

FILE: A Life Esidimeni care centre in Boksburg. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke says so far, 60 families of the victims of the Esidimeni tragedy have come forward to claim from government during the arbitration process.

Moseneke has been appointed to lead the process.

At least 110 psychiatric patients died last year after being moved from Life Esidimeni facilities to NGOs, which were later found to have been operating unlawfully.

Moseneke says the arbitration process will include claims from families of those who died and those who survived.

He says so far, he is dealing with 60 claims.

“Around 60 out of a potential 110 people who died and others who survived this tragedy.”

The retired deputy chief justice has urged those who have not come forward to do so.

“Hence the appeal to those out there who might have been affected by this to get in touch with us so that they can benefit from this process.”

The arbitration process is expected to begin in October and has been set down for three weeks.

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(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)