The premier of Gauteng David Makhura has shown remorse for the victims of Life Esidimeni when delivering his fourth state of the province address in Greenhills stadium –Randfontein earlier this week.
1300 psychiatric patients were transferred between April and June last year when the department of health in the province terminated its contract with Life Esidemeni. The patients were taken to 27 NGOs where later on it was discovered that 94 of them had died.
According the report released by the Health Ombudsman earlier this month, it revealed that the 27 NGOs who received these patients were operating unlawfully and some had no capacity to look after the patients.
When Makhura was delivering his speech he told the legislature that his government has been working with families to implement the remedial action set out in the Health Ombudsman report. However, he denied that he had knowledge about this matter or that the executive council approved the decision to move these patients.
Makhura added that a monument would be erected for the memorial of the deceased patients.