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94 Psychiatric Patients Died, And The Calls Now Are For Criminal Prosecutions

Shocking report by Health Ombud horrifies public, who call for action against callous officials and greedy NGOs.

01/02/2017 20:44 SAST | Updated 02/02/2017 14:12 SAST

The Health Ombud released his report on the deaths of at least 94 psychiatric patients last year in Gauteng. The patients had been transferred out of the Life Esidimeni hospital into the care of NGOs, none of which were qualified or equipped to look after them, in a cost-cutting move by the Gauteng Department of Health. Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu resigned on Tuesday night after the report was handed to Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

The findings of the report, which pointed to official culpability, outraged the public. Below are some of the comments.