Life Esidimeni Family Committee has mixed feelings over news of formal inquest

Families of the victims who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy say they welcome the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA's) decision to hold a formal inquest into the tragedy.

On Wednesday, the NPA said that it had resolved to hold an inquest as the evidence gathered in the matter was not enough to prove the cause of death or link the actions of different role players to the eventual deaths.

The committee's Christine Nxumalo says while they welcome the move, they had requested an inquest in August 2016.

In one breath we welcome it, in another we are so disappointed in the sense that in 2016 August, we had requested an inquest and nothing came of that. Now so many years later we're told we need an inquest.

Christine Nxumalo, Life Esidimeni family committee member

When we went in fighting, we did not even for a second think about monetary compensation... [A criminal prosecution] has always been our yearning, that has always been our request.

Christine Nxumalo, Life Esidimeni family committee member

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