State to pay R200 000 to families of Life Esidemeni victims

The families of the Life Esidemeni victims have received a financial settlement.

Closing arguments were set down at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Parktown on Thursday.

More than 140 psychiatric patients died from starvation and dehydration after the Gauteng Health Department moved them to ill-equipped NGOs in 2016.

Each claimant will receive R200 000 in common law damages, and counseling will also be provided by the state.

R20 000 has been designated for funeral arrangements and R180 000 for psychological damages, reports EWN's Masego Rahlaga.

Lawyers will now argue how much their clients should be compensated for constitutional damages.

Retired deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, has presided over the arbitration process and will recommend how much the State will give each family for constitutional damages.

Moseneke has 30 days to apply his mind after the arbitration hearings are adjourned on Friday.

No agreement has been reached with lawyers representing the families of the patients who survived the tragedy.

Take a listen to the EWN update:


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