Life Esidimeni: Manamela admits issuing licenses to NGOs with no vetting

Suspended Gauteng director of mental health Dr Makgabo Manamela faced a grilling by retired chief justice Dikgang Moseneke at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing on Thursday.

Manamela also appeared before the arbitration on Monday and asked to have her testimony postponed, which Moseneke denied. Then, on Wednesday, she asked to be excused saying she was ill.

According to EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga, it has been a difficult morning for Manamela as Moseneke has not allowed her to get away with simple answers.

Read: LifeEsidimeni: Judge Moseneke rejects Manamela's bid to postpone testimony

He is questioning her on the fact that she is the one who licensed these NGOs.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

He asked her if she cared about these patients at all and does she even remember her responsibilities as director of mental services in the province? He said that she had a mandate to look after patients with mental illness especially because she had qualifications in the field.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

The Health Ombudsmen Report showed that the licenses issued were unlawful as NGOs only able to accommodate 40 patients were given licenses to accommodate 200.

Manamela admitted to licensing Takalani Home for the Mentally Handicapped before visiting the home to ensure it had enough space and are adequately equipped.

She is saying that there were some mistakes with some NGOs being given licenses for a certain facility or a building which they actually didn't have.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

To hear more of this report by EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Life Esidimeni: Manamela admits issuing licenses to NGOs with no vetting


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