Streaming issues? Report here
John Perlman 1500 x 1500 2020 John Perlman 1500 x 1500 2020
Afternoon Drive with John Perlman
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with John Perlman
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Politics

Some Life Esidimeni claimants have not received payment, state says it paid all

6 August 2020 8:40 AM
Tags:
Life Esidimeni
Acting Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke
payment

Attorney Ulrich Roux says if the government didn't agree with the award granted, it should have appealed.

Two years since former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke ordered that families of the 144 mental health patients who died after being removed from Life Esidimeni facilities be compensated, some are still yet to be paid.

The deputy chief justice ordered that over R1 million compensation needed to be paid to each family.

However, the legal representatives of some of the families say some money is still owed to some of their clients, and are now threatening court action against the provincial government.

RELATED: More families come forward to claim Life Esidimeni compensation

Bongani Bingwa chats to Ulrich Roux and Associates criminal attorney Ulrich Roux and Gauteng Provincial Government spokesperson Thabo Masebe to give more insight on the matter.

We represent 101 families of patients who have suffered during the disaster and the claim they are instituting against the government totals approximately R65 million. The arbitration award was made not only in favour of the patients that passed away, but also on behalf of all patients who suffered sever trauma as a result of the senseless ending of the service level agreement by the government.

Ulrich Roux, Criminal attorney - Ulrich Roux and Associates

Moseneke was very clear that anyone who has suffered as a result can come forward and are entitled to claim the compensation as ordered by him, he says.

According to the order, each affected family was entitled to claim R1.8 million and the government was supposed to make these payments within three months of the award being handed down. We sent a letter of demand to government and we have not heard anything.

Ulrich Roux, Criminal attorney - Ulrich Roux and Associates

If the government didn't agree with the award and the terms of the award, it should have taken it on appeal, Roux adds.

Masebe says the Gauteng government complied with the Justice Moseneka's award.

He ordered us to make payments to people who were all listed in the annexes that he provided when he gave his award. He gave us three months to make the payments. We paid all of the people that he ordered us to pay within the stipulated time.

Thabo Masebe, Spokesperson - Gauteng Health Department

Masebe is adament that the government fully complied with the Justice's order in the three months that it was stipulated.

The problem came when the other people who were not part of the arbitration process came forward to make their claims. We accepted their claims as the government and chose that we would use the same terms as in the award given by the Justice.

Thabo Masebe, Spokesperson - Gauteng Health Department

He says the government was confronted with the issue of how it would ensure that the potion meant for the surviving mental care users would be safe guarded.

Everyone agreed that we need to safe guard the interest of the surviving mental health care users. Moseneke gave us three lists with 134 claimants and all those people were paid.

Thabo Masebe, Spokesperson - Gauteng Health Department

Listen below to the full conversation:


6 August 2020 8:40 AM
Tags:
Life Esidimeni
Acting Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke
payment

More from Politics

Judge courts justice judgment law legal 123rflegal 123rflaw 123rfpolitics 123rf

New York court grants IDC order to have access to Gupta family financial records

21 September 2020 12:44 PM

News24 journalist Kyle Cowan gives more insight on what the ruling will mean for the attempt to prove that money was laundered.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Nigeria flag nigerian 123rf 123rfAfrica 123rfBusiness

'March to Nigerian Embassy against crime could fuel xenophobic violence'

21 September 2020 7:43 AM

Human Rights Watch South African director Dewa Mavhinga reflects on the planned march to the Nigerian Embassy against crime.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

COVID-19 virus coronavirus outbreak blood sample test tube 123rfpolitics 123rf

UPDATE: 13 more COVID-19 deaths as SA recoveries surpass 590,000

20 September 2020 9:07 PM

The number of national recoveries so far is 590,071, which translates to a recovery rate of 89.2%. Gauteng has 193,153 recoveries.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

South African Airways SAA 123rf 123rfbusiness

Government commits to give SAA R10.5bn but where will this money come from?

18 September 2020 1:01 PM

Daily Maverick journalist Ray Mahlaka and Sacca president Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi reflect on government's commitment.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Herman Mashaba

Action SA given mandate by 2.4 million citizens to run for elections - Mashaba

18 September 2020 7:17 AM

Party leader Herman Mashaba says it is time for citizens to elect people who will serve them and not their political needs.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

george-bizos-christine-eybers-ewnjpg

[WATCH LIVE] Renowned human rights lawyer George Bizos to be laid to rest today

17 September 2020 9:44 AM

South Africans bid farewell to the struggle icon at the Westpark Cemetary in Randburg.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

20200916ramaphosalockdownlevel1jpg

President Cyril Ramaphosa announces move to Level 1 from Sunday

16 September 2020 7:57 PM

There will be increased support for gender-based violence survivors. Restrictions on international travel will be eased.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

cyril-2jpg

[WATCH LIVE] President Cyril Ramaphosa updates South Africa on lockdown at 7pm

16 September 2020 7:03 PM

The president is addressing South Africans on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation at 7pm tonight

16 September 2020 11:34 AM

The president will address South Africans on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

load-shedding-black-out-power-cut-outage-candles-woman-darkness-lights-out-123rf

Did Eskom lie and implement stage 5 loadshedding without telling public?

16 September 2020 7:53 AM

Independent energy advisor Ted Blom and spokesperson Sikhonathi Mantshantsha reflect on how the utility cuts power supply.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward