Life Esidimeni inquest date announced

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The formal inquest hearing into Life Esidimeni is due to start on July 19 in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria).

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said this was determined during a meeting on Monday with Judge Mmonoa Teffo, representatives of the families, NGOs and legal defence representatives.

The inquest comes five years after the tragedy in which at least 144 mentally ill patients died after the Gauteng Health Department moved about 1 700 patients from Life Esidimeni facilities to unsuitable NGOs and state facilities in 2016. The inquest will establish who, if anyone, could be held responsible.


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