Moseneke: I can only make recommendations

The family members of the psychiatric patients who died and survived the Esidimeni tragedy have called for all the Gauteng Health Department officials involved in the disastrous project to be criminally charged.

FILE: Retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has reminded the families of patients who died after being transferred to ill-equipped NGOs from Esidimeni that he can only make recommendations but cannot ensure that there are criminal charges instituted against implicated government officials.

Moseneke is heading the alternative dispute resolution process aimed at an achieving truth, justice and redress for the families of psychiatric patients who died and those who survived.

One hundred and forty-three mentally ill patients lost their lives after the Gauteng Health Department terminated its contract with the Esidimeni group, allegedly to save costs.

Testimony after testimony, the family members of the psychiatric patients who died and survived the Esidimeni tragedy have called for all the Gauteng Health Department officials involved in the disastrous project to be criminally charged.

The latest person to call for this is Moelo Mofokeng, who testified on Wednesday.

She says her sister Maggie, a survivor, was raped at the Takalani Home in Soweto when she was institutionalized there in 2002.

The hearing had previously heard how another patient was sexually assaulted at the same facility after being moved there from Esidimeni last year.

Mofokeng says these are only one of the reasons why government officials should be arrested.

The hearing continues on Thursday.