Over R159m paid to families of Life Esidimeni tragedy victims

This follows a March ruling by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke which ordered government to compensate the claimants.

FILE: Merriam Monyane, who lost her son Thabo, is testifying at the Esidimeni arbitration hearings on 16 November 2017. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s office says that while its settled the full amount owed to the families of the Life Esidimeni victims, it will continue speaking with them.

This follows a March ruling by retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke which ordered government to compensate the claimants.

At least 143 mentally-ill people died at illegal non-governmental organisations around Gauteng after a disastrous transfer project by the provincial Health Department.

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The premier's spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, says just over R159 million was paid to the families on Wednesday ahead of the 19 June deadline.

“Only the financial side is sorted. We will continue to work together with the families under the leadership of the premier and Health Minister to ensure all other measures, as recommended by the Health Ombudsman, is implemented.”

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)