[LISTEN] Moseneke: Esidimeni tragedy comparable to Steve Biko treatment, death

One hundred and forty-three mentally ill people died after the Gauteng Health Department terminated its contract with the Life Esidimeni group and transferred them to ill-equipped NGOs.

JOHANNESBURG - Retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has likened how Esidimeni patients were treated by government to how the apartheid government treated Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko.

Moseneke is heading the Esidimeni Alternative Dispute Resolution process which is aimed at finding redress for the families who lost their loved ones.

One hundred and forty-three mentally ill people died after the Gauteng Health Department terminated its contract with the Life Esidimeni group and transferred them to ill-equipped NGOs, allegedly to save costs.

Former president of the South African Society of Psychiatrists, Dr Mvuyiso Talatala, has told the arbitration hearings that his organisation warned the Gauteng Health Department and took them to court twice to try and stop them from moving patients from Esidimeni.

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