Miss­ing Life Esidi­meni pa­tient found

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - ROLAND MPOFU Roland.Mpofu@inl.co.za

A SOWETO fam­ily has been re­united with a loved one who went miss­ing dur­ing the Life Esidi­meni marathon re­lo­ca­tion project which claimed at least 144 lives.

Prim­rose Ntamo said her brother Klein­booi was found two months ago af­ter a search last­ing more than a year.

Ntamo said Klein­booi was re­moved from Life Esidi­meni with­out their knowl­edge and they didn’t know where he was moved to. “We strug­gled to find him. It took us al­most a year. We went to mor­tu­ar­ies, hos­pi­tals and al­most ev­ery­where.

“No one from the Depart­ment of Health, Esidi­meni or this NGO where he was moved to tried to con­tact us,” said Ntamo.

She then re­flected on the difficulty the fam­ily went through un­til they even­tu­ally found Klein­booi.

“The prob­lem we had was that the num­ber that we kept on call­ing went unan­swered. In June my sis­ter got a new num­ber from a friend and we called the (Esidi­meni) Waver­ley cen­tre and they told us he was there.

“That is when we went to see him. He couldn’t recog­nise us and he was not look­ing in a good state as his legs were swollen. We would not have found him if we had not kept our hopes alive by look­ing for him.”

The fam­ily were left with many unan­swered ques­tions for a long time. “When we were watch­ing the Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion (ADR) process, we had sleep­less nights af­ter hear­ing about the hor­rific treat­ment of pa­tients while they were be­ing trans­ported. My sis­ter Fa­tima used to cry, ask­ing us what if we didn’t find our brother again or if he had died and was buried as a pau­per.”

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