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GP govt commits to amicable settlement on outstanding Esidimeni payout–Lawyers

The law firm, which represents over a hundred families, gave government until Friday, 14 August 2020, to pay the outstanding R65 million in compensation or face court action.

Life Esidimeni Waverley Care Centre Hospital in Boksburg. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Ulrich Roux and Associates law firm says the Gauteng government has committed to reaching an amicable settlement regarding the outstanding payments to families affected by the Life Esidimeni tragedy.
The law firm, which represents over a hundred families, gave government until Friday, 14 August 2020, to pay the outstanding R65 million in compensation or face court action.

More than two years ago former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke ordered that more than a million rand be paid to each of the families of more than 144 psychiatric patients who died after they were illegally removed from the Life Esidimeni facility.

The firm said it received correspondence from the Gauteng government on the eve of the deadline given by the families.

On Thursday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura's office confirmed in a letter to the law firm that the government wants to reach a settlement without involving the courts.

Family lawyer Ulrich Roux said: “They wish to conduct a round table meeting in which we can hopefully find a way in which we can settle the matter for the families to be paid what is still due to them.”

No decision has been made yet on when this meeting will take place, but Roux said they families want it to be as soon as possible.

The lawyer said he is hopeful that a settlement will be reached that will suit everyone involved.

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