'Officials implicated in Esidimeni Tragedy should not go unpunished'

Final arguments have been heard in the Life Esidimeni Arbitration hearings in Parktown.

The state reached an agreement with the families of the psychiatric patients on Thursday, to compensate each complainant in common law damages amounting to R200 000.

Solidarity’s Dirk Groenewald has told the arbitration that if health officials implicated in the tragedy go unpunished, they may cause a threat.

Eyewitness News reporter Thando Kubheka has more on the story.

He submitted that a claim of R1.5 million is justifiable and also says that they want a portion of the money donated to the health ombudsman so the ombudsman's office can investigate and help the public in such matters where their constitutional rights have been infringed on.

Thando Kubheka, Eyewitness News reporter

He also said he wants the evidence that has been put together, the footage of the arbitration, to be given to the police.

Thando Kubheka, Eyewitness News reporter

The retired chief justice coming in there saying maybe the NPA should also be given these tapes so the law can start to take it's course.

Thando Kubheka, Eyewitness News reporter

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