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Esidimeni: Many things were done unlawfully, nursing manager says

Dikeledi Manaka says that she and her colleagues were under pressure from officials at the Gauteng Health Department.

A screengrab of Dikeledi Manaka giving evidence at the Esidimeni arbitration hearing in Johannesburg on 15 November 2017.

JOHANNESBURG - A deputy nursing manager from a facility where Life Esidimeni patients died has admitted that many things were done unlawfully because she and her colleagues were under pressure from officials at the Gauteng Health Department.

Dikeledi Manaka works for the Cullinan Care and Rehab Centre in Pretoria.

Wednesday is day two of her testimony at the Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Parktown, which are aimed at finding redress for the families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy.

At least 143 psychiatric patients died after being moved to ill-equipped NGOs when the Health Department terminated its contract with the Esidimeni group to “save costs”.

WATCH LIVE: Esidimeni arbitration hearing continues