Wednesday 22 May

SECTION27 statement: Update on Life Esidimeni arbitration

Johannesburg, 8 February 2018 – The families of 63 deceased mental health care users and their legal representatives, SECTION27, welcome the agreement reached with the State on the common law damages (emotional shock and psychological injury and funeral expenses) at the Life Esidimeni arbitration. According to the agreement, each family will receive R200, 000 in common law damages.

The parties also agreed to have a place of remembrance for the victims of the Gauteng Mental Health Marathon Project, and counselling for bereaved family members.

This agreement is not an award by the Arbitrator. The Arbitrator, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, will make the final arbitration award, including all just and equitable relief to be awarded to the families.

Legal argument in the arbitration continues, with SECTION27, Legal Aid SA, Hurter Spies, arguing for constitutional damages. You can watch it via livestream here:

Media contact:

Ngqabutho Mpofu, SECTION27, 061 807 6443 or via email:



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