Rights activist to lay complaint against Zille over Esidimeni tweet

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille tweeted that while it was good that the families will be compensated for the deaths of their loved ones, she wanted to know what they had done to raise the alarm.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Civil society group Unite Behind’s Zackie Achmat has confirmed that he’ll be laying a complaint with the Human Rights Commission against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille over her tweet about the families of the victims of the Esidimeni tragedy.

Zille tweeted on Tuesday that while it was good that the families will now be compensated by the Gauteng government for the deaths of their loved ones, she wanted to know what they had done to raise the alarm about their suffering before they died.

One hundred and forty-four patients died after the department moved them from life Esidimeni facilities to ill-equipped and illegal NGOs.

Speaking on Radio 702 on Wednesday morning, Achmat described Zille's comments as horrible and said he wants her to be exposed to the poor state of mental health facilities in the Western Cape.

“I would like to officially launch a complaint online on that comment and ask the premier to accompany the Human Rights Commission and others to Valkenberg Hospital, Stikland Hospital and Lentegeur Hospital.”