The Economic Freedom Fighter’s Gauteng division have reiterated their request for feedback from the MEC for Health, Gwendoline Malegwale Ramokgopa regarding the Life Esidimeni Arbitration Order.
On Monday, 29 October 2018, the red berets sent an email to Dr Gwendoline Malegwale Ramokgopa asking for a variation of feedback following the retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Mosenek’s release of the Life Esidimeni Arbitration Report in March this year which ordered an excess of R1 million to be paid in compensation to each affected claimant.
The alleged cricket-chirping silence emanating from the MEC’s office led the political party to release a press statement dated Wednesday, 12 December 2018, expressing their dissatisfaction and stating that, “It is clear that that the Gauteng Department never had any intention to abide by the Orders made by the former Deputy Justice Dikgang Mosenek.”
The organisation also repeated the list of requests submitted in their initial email which enquires into what progress has been made since the order was established.
These enquiries include whether the relevant claimants received their compensation in respect to funeral expenses as well as general and psychological damages, whether the victim’s families have received their payouts and if there has be a provision of mental health professionals to assist the families of those affected.
However, Thabo Masebe, the Deputy Director General of Provincial Communication Services, spoke to News24 stating that the claims have been fully paid.
But families of the victims who marched outside the Luthuli House as well as Premier David Makhura’s office on Monday may beg to differ, claiming a delay in compensation and demanding that they be fully remunerated by the end of the week.
The Life Esidimeni Arbitration ordered the government to recompense by 19 June 2018 after what has been termed “The Life Healthcare Esidimeni Scandal” which consequently left 144 psychiatric patients dead after the Gauteng Department of Health terminated a contract with healthcare provider, Life Esidimeni.
This cessation was implemented despite warnings as well as an attempt by the provincial health department to block legal interceptions through misleading the court.
“We are doomed if the ANC government can be allowed to arbitrarily ignore judicial orders without consequence [sic],” concluded the Economic Freedom Fighters.