Tag Archives | Gauteng Health Department

Motsoaledi confirms that Gauteng kept Esidimeni details from National Government: A mortal failure of cooperative governance

In response to a DA parliamentary question Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi admitted that the Gauteng Department of Health failed to inform the National Health Department of their intentions to move mental health patients from Life Esidimeni facilities to alternative facilities. According to the response, Minister Motsloaledi only learned about the Gauteng Department of Health’s…

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Esidimeni: DA welcomes Independent Tribunal

The DA welcomes the announcement today by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, that an Ad Hoc Independent Tribunal will be appointed to process appeals relating to the Health Ombudsman, Dr Malegapuru Makgoba’s, report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of more than a hundred mentally ill patients in Gauteng. The DA believes that this tribunal, to…

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Justice for Esidimeni not a priority for Zuma and ANC

Tomorrow, 09 March 2017, marks three weeks since I wrote, on 16 February 2017, to President Jacob Zuma, urgently requesting that he use his constitutionally assigned authority to establish a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Esidimeni tragedy, which resulted in the death of over 100 mentally ill patients at the hands of an uncaring…

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You knew, Honourable Premier, now do the honourable thing and resign!

Note to Editors: The following remarks were delivered by the Democratic Alliance Leader, in Johannesburg, during a protest at Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s Office, following the mistreatment and death of over 100 mentally ill patients at the hands of an uncaring ANC government. The Leader was joined by DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey, DA Johannesburg Regional Chairperson, Khume…

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Esidimeni 100 and counting deserve justice

Note to Editor: The following is a speech delivered by DA Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Wilmot James MP, during Esidimeni debate in Parliament today. Madame Speaker, Let us take a moment to think of the Esidimeni victims and their families who have suffered a terrible and unnecessary loss. Today we must commit to confront…

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ANC again shamefully refuses moment of silence for #Esidimeni victims

Before delivering her 10th State of the Province Address, the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, requested a moment of silence for those affected by the Esidimeni tragedy. An uncaring ANC in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP) shamefully objected to this, in a bid to prevent it from happening. The DA is both…

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Esidimeni death toll rises

I have been informed of another death of a patient transferred from Life Esidimeni to the Shammah NGO based in Cullinan. According to his brother, he died this week and was in an emaciated condition. This gives urgency to the need to close down the dodgy NGOs and transfer the patients to decent facilities as…

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