David Makhura Settles The R159m Life Esidimeni Claim

PICTURE: FREDDY MAVUNDA

JOHANNESBURG: Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s office has confirmed it’s settled the multi-million-rand financial claim linked to the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

In March, retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke ordered the government to compensate 134 claimants to a collective amount of just over R159 million.

The arbitration hearings found that the rights of psychiatric patients and their families were violated by the Gauteng Health Department when it moved hundreds of patients to illegal NGOs.

At least 143 mentally ill patients died as a result.

The premier’s spokesperson Thabo Masebe said: “The Gauteng provincial government has settled the financial award ordered by Justice Moseneke.”