SECTION27 clarifies its position on Life Esidimeni

Since November 2015 SECTION27 has continued to provide legal support to the families whose loved ones were discharged from the Life Esidimeni mental health care facilities following its closure on 30 June 2016. This includes support to the investigations underway into the deaths of at least 36 former residents of Life Esidimeni, to ascertain the circumstances of these deaths. These patients all died after being moved to various NGOs or to their families.

We have referred the deaths of all patients to the South African Police (in accordance with the Inquests Act 58 of 1959) so that these deaths may be investigated and referred for prosecution or a judicial inquest. We have followed up with the Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner and other relevant officers multiple times to ensure that these investigations and referrals take place so that the circumstances surrounding these deaths may be urgently established. It is urgent that the police comply with their legal obligations in terms of the Inquests Act.


SECTION27’s “Our Week Ahead” is an attempt to share with the public, the media and our partners some of our plans and activities for the week – we hope it will give you a glimpse into our world and encourage you to join us on our journey.

Executive Director Mark Heywood is attending the “New Narratives on Economic Governance group” meeting to be hosted at the Gordon Institute of Business science (GIBS). The meeting will be a platform where various sector leaders in the country will come together to discuss the year 2017, and its fast evolving political landscape.

In view of 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, and to highlight the plight of women and children in the Diepsloot community, the Know Your Constitution Campaign, along with SECTION27 and Sonke Gender Justice will be hosting a community dialogue at the Bophelong Sports and Recreational Centre.



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