Life Esidimeni inquest postponed to August

The hearings into the deaths of at least 144 mentally ill patients after they were moved to illegal NGOs by the Gauteng Health Department began earlier this week.

A collage of the families of the victims of the Life Esidimeni tragedy with pictures of the loved ones that they lost. Picture: @LifeEsidimeni/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Life Esidimeni inquest has been postponed once again, this time to next month to allow for all parties involved to ensure they are legally represented.

The hearings into the deaths of at least 144 mentally ill patients after they were moved to illegal NGOs by the Gauteng Health Department began earlier this week.

Judge Mmonoa Teffo said it had become more apparent as proceedings continued that some parties had not been properly represented.

"All of the parties, including the government officials, should be properly represented and under the circumstances, it is in the interest of justice to postpone this matter until the second of August 2021."

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