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South Africa: Outrage over 36 psychiatric patients’ deaths | Newstime Africa

17.9.16

South Africa: Outrage over 36 psychiatric patients’ deaths | Newstime Africa: Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the provincial legislature, Jack Bloom told Anadolu Agency he found out about the deaths on Monday after questioning the provincial heath minister about the transfers.

“There are so many deaths,” he told Anadolu Agency Thursday. “There is need for a proper investigation and accountability.”

He said the patients were transferred from Life Healthcare Esidimeni facility to 122 NGO centers between May and June this year.

Provincial Health Minister Qedani Mahlangu announced last October the discontinuation of the contract with the Life Healthcare Esidimeni facility, which looked after 2,000 patients, because it was too costly.


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