Gauteng government reaches agreement with Life Esidimeni families on payouts

The Gauteng government says it has reached an agreement with the families of the Life Esidimeni victims over a court-ordered R1.2 million payout.

Their mentally ill relatives died when they were moved from the hospital to NGO's in 2016

Nearly 300 family members affected by the tragedy sought legal advice earlier this month after government failed to process the payments.

They'd marched to the offices of the premier in Gauteng demanding payment as recommended by retired Judge Dikgang Moseneke at the arbitration.

READ: Government demands verification letters from unpaid Life Esidimeni families

Eyewitness News reporter Kgomotso Modise says the agreement details the terms of how the payments will be processed.

The spokesperson of the Premier's office says the Premier first needs to verify the claims that have been received. Once that is done they will have to invite the master of the High Court to do the verification....ultimately after that then the payment process will get underway.

Kgomotso Modise, EWN reporter

The Premier's office is pretty confident that they would have started paying the first batches during the month of January.

Kgomotso Modise, EWN reporter

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