The Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings continued with the cross-examination of deputy nursing manager for the Cullinan Care and Rehab Centre Dikeledi Manaka.
EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga says the Cullinan Care and Rehab Centre has always existed but was not authorised to take care of chronic mentally ill patients. But when requested to accommodate patients from Esidimeni they did so.
According to Rahlaga, Manaka admitted to moving some of the patients that were housed at Cullinan to unlicensed NGOs in order to make space for Esidimeni patients.
She says as the quality assurer she wasn't happy with the state those NGOs were in - the cleanliness, the neatness...— Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter
Former Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke was stressing that she went against her oath as a nurse to look after the rights and well being of these patients and that it doesn't matter whether you are getting pressure from authorities or politicians telling you what to do.— Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter
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