#EsidimeniTragedy: Section 27 satisfied with Moseneke's ruling

Executive Director at Section 27, Mark Heywood says the organisation is satisfied with Monday's ruling on the Esidimeni tragedy, handed down by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke.

Moseneke has ruled that the Gauteng government pay over R1.2 million in common law and constitutional damages to the families of psychiatric patients who died and those who survived after being moved from Life Esidimeni facilities.

READ: Moseneke orders govt to pay R 1.2 million to Life Esidimeni families

ALSO READ: Life Esidimeni judgement affirms my findings - Health Ombud

Speaking on behalf of our clients, more than 60 families, they are also satisfied.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director at Section 27

It is very clear who is responsible. He wasn't able to find what the real cause of moving the patients were but at the end of the day he says of Qedani that she had an ulterior motive, but he doesn't know what that motive was and that is something that we must try and discover in the future.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director at Section 27

What deputy chief justice Moseneke has done with the principle of constitutional damages and the actual quantum of the award of a million rand is groundbreaking in South Africa, so it is a dense and complex and many many layer judgement but I must say that we are grateful for the way he has applied his mind and we are humbled by the findings that he has made.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director at Section 27

Legal Aid South Africa's Patrick Hundermark says the families represented by the organisation are also satisfied.

From our families we represent they are satisfied with the judgement and with the award that was made.

Patrick Hundermark, Chief Legal Executive at Legal Aid South Africa

Meanwhile DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC Jack Bloom believes there is a string case for charges of culpable homicide, murder, theft and fraud against those implicated.

Click on the link below to hear more reaction from DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC Jack Bloom and Legal Aid South Africa's Patrick Hundermark....


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