[LISTEN] DA want those implicated in Life Esidimeni tragedy to pay for costs
The Democratic Alliance's Gauteng Health’s shadow Minister Jack Bloom says taxpayers should not have to pay for the Life Esidimeni compensation money.
Speaking to Clement Manyathela on The Midday report, Bloom says according to the act the court would determine how much they have to pay.
In March, it was ruled that families affected would receive R1.2 million compensation after 144 psychiatric patients died after being moved from Life Esidimeni to various unlicensed NGOs.
We think that the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for this damage.Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng Health’s shadow Minister
There is this act called the portionment of damages act where the provincial government can actually claim for those responsible.Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng Health’s shadow Minister
The evidence is very clear that the former Health MEC was primarily responsible and also her top two officials. They earned a lot of money and they retired and got a very big pension. I think they should be made to pay personally from their own pockets.Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng Health’s shadow Minister
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