Esidi­meni tragedy: charges must be laid

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - LETTERS -

The arbitration hear­ing by exdeputy chief jus­tice Dik­gang Moseneke to es­tab­lish the amount of quan­tum the rel­a­tives of the vic­tims of the Esidi­meni saga will re­ceive must stop as no one life in this case is worth more than any other.

His award might bring clo­sure to this par­tic­u­lar as­pect of the scan­dal, but crim­i­nal charges need to brought against all those in­volved.

The de­ci­sion by then MEC for health Qedani Mahlangu to re­lo­cate the spe­cial needs pa­tients to fa­cil­i­ties with un­qual­i­fied care-givers, con­demned the vic­tims to an ex­is­tence of im­pov­er­ish­ment, ne­glect and even­tual death.

Charges of cul­pa­ble homi­cide need to be made against the for­mer MEC Mahlangu and oth­ers in her depart­ment, as well as those into whose cus­tody the vic­tims were placed. Ted O' Con­nor

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