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Esidimeni: The democratic govt has failed us, says sister of victim

Luleka Khunjuwa's sister, Maureen, was one of 141 psychiatric patients who died after the Gauteng Health Department moved them from Life Esidimeni facilities.

The Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing sitting in Parktown, Johannesburg. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A woman whose sister died after being moved from Esidimeni to an ill-equipped NGO says that she's disappointed in the government she entrusted with her vote.

Luleka Khunjuwa's sister, Maureen, was one of 141 psychiatric patients who died after the Gauteng Health Department moved them from Life Esidimeni facilities to illegal NGOs, allegedly to save money.

Khunjuwa was testifying at the arbitration hearings on Thursday.

LISTEN: Esidimeni testimony: They murdered my sister

Khunjuwa says that she believes that her sister was killed by staff who mistreated her at the Takalani Home in Soweto.

She says that the government failed her and her family.

“What I can say is that our democratic government and the government we have elected did not treat my sibling well. The apartheid government had treated my sister very well.”

Maureen was admitted to the life Esidimeni Randfontein facility in 1975, moved to Takalani Home last April and died seven months after that.

The hearing continues on Friday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)