Right now, the only thing Life Esidimeni bereaved have is hope

An inquest into the tragedy starts in July, but those involved are hesitant as little has been achieved since 2016

25 May 2021 - 19:23 By Gill Gifford

“One out of every 10 people in SA and that is a huge number we can’t ignore,” said Christine Nxumalo, one of hundreds of bereaved relatives who lost a family member in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, an event that has shed light on the unprecedented and continuing mental health crisis facing the country.

As justice remains elusive, hope that the reasons for and the terrible ways in which 144 psychiatric patients died in the public health system’s care in 2016 will emerge in less than two months is growing...

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