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Sister of man who survived Esidimeni tragedy rejects Manamela’s apology

Nompilo Nkosi says she and her family want to be financially compensated because of the emotional and financial stress they had to endure.

FILE: Nompilo Nkosi, whose brother survived the Esidimeni tragedy, gives her testimony on 1 December 2017. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A woman whose brother survived the deadly Esidimeni project says she wants government officials responsible to be jailed.

Nompilo Nkosi says she and her family want to be financially compensated because of the emotional and financial stress they had to endure.

Nkosi, who testified at the Esidimeni hearings on Friday, says her attempts to raise concerns over the moving of patients from Esidimeni fell on deaf ears as she personally wrote to President Jacob Zuma and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Over 140 psychiatric patients died after the department terminated its contract with the Life Esidimeni group, allegedly to save costs.

Nkosi says she doesn’t accept Gauteng suspended head of Mental Health Services Dr Makgabo Manamela’s explanation and apology on the Esidimeni project.

“We’d like to see those who are responsible for this mess to be held accountable.”

Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, asked Nkosi: “Do you accept Dr Manamela’s explanation that these were human errors?”

Nkosi responded by saying: “It was negligence from the get-go. We have no medical background but we knew and yet they didn’t see it or listen to reasons and stakeholders. So, no I’m not accepting that explanation.”

Nkosi is one of the dozens of family members who say they want to see jail terms handed down to government officials for implementing the disastrous project.

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