The tragedy of the Life Esidimeni crisis has been unfolding in public hearings chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke since last month. 2 years on from the original announcement from GDoH, which saw over 1700 severely mentally ill patients being discharged from Life Esidimeni Hospitals into unfit and unresourced NGOs around the province which later had over 143 patients die from various reasons including dehydration, starvation & exposure.
SADAG has been deeply involved in the Esidimeni crisis from the very beginning, and will continue to assist, support and provide information from the various meetings, Reports, phone calls, marches, counselling, etc.
The hearings have included witnesses such as professional Psychiatrists, government officials, and family members, with the witness this week Dr Manamela who was instrumental in the Contract termination. You can live stream the public hearings via ENCA (channel 403) or follow various social media pages (#LifeEsidimeni) for live updates.
The Life Esidimeni tragedy can never happen again – SADAG is even more committed to keep fighting for and highlighting patients rights living with mental illness, including their families, to access to treatment and care.