[WATCH LIVE] Moseneke delivers Life Esidimeni report

At least 144 mentally ill patients died after being transferred to ill-equipped NGOs in 2016 by the Gauteng Health Department.

Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke says the decision by the Gauteng Health Department to halt the contract with Life Esidimeni was irrational and unconstitutional.

He also says he will not tell police what to do in terms of criminal charges. “My office has furnished police with all evidence.”

He also ordered the South African government to pay R20,000 for funeral expenses, R180,000 for general damages for shock and psychological trauma and R1 million to families of patients, irrespective of whether deceased or not.

Moseneke is delivering his report after the Life Esidimeni hearings.

Argument concluded last month with lawyers representing the families of those who survived the tragedy asking that Moseneke award them R1 million each.

At least 144 mentally ill patients died after being transferred to ill-equipped NGOs in 2016 by the Gauteng Health Department.