South Africa’s Parliament is currently looking into the Esedimeni debacle, after series of reactions trailed the disturbing incident.
Briefing the hallowed chamber on the matter, the Minister of Health Aaron Matsoaledi disclosed that the National department was deliberately kept out of the loop by “somebody” in the Guateng Health department about the death of 94 mentally ill patients.
According to Motsoaledi and Health Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba were briefing Parliament on Wednesday on Makgoba’s report into the deaths of the now more than 100 patients who were transferred from Life Esidimeni to 27 NGOs in 2016.
“It may look like somebody was deliberately making sure that nobody in the national department knew what was being planned,” he told the portfolio committee on health.
The Minister further explained that his National Mental Health Framework and Strategic Plan, which all parties agreed was a “credible plan” to deinstitutionalise mental healthcare, was not followed at all when patients were transferred in April and June 2016.