OPINION: Will deaths of 39 patients go unpunished?

Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba will release a report into the deaths of 39 psychiatric patients who died during a transfer from Life Healthcare Esidimeni Hospital to various NGOs on Wednesday.

Makgoba was appointed by Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi to gather facts on what transpired and provide clear guidelines on the matter.

Patients were being transferred to other facilities after the Gauteng Health Department terminated its contract with Esidimeni.

702 Breakfast host Xolani Gwala says if the report points to irresponsibility and recklessness of government officials, Gauteng Premier David Makhuru will have to ensure justice is served for those regarded as weak in society.

It's such an important one in a democratic South Africa. The question is, will the justice be done.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast

If the findings are as explosive as we are told they are likely to be against Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and some of her officials, will she just be moved to a different position, or will Premier David Makhura have the way with all to fire her on the spot so he sends a clear message that we will not accommodate people who have no care to what they do to the poor.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast

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