LIFE ESIDIMENI INQUEST TO RESUME UNTIL THE END OF THE COURT TERM

30 August 2021 – The Inquest into the Life Esidimeni tragedy resumes at the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division) today, Monday 30 August 2021. The proceedings will continue virtually before Judge Mmonoa Teffo. Proceedings are expected to run until the court goes into recess on 17 September 2021.

The Inquest can be streamed online on YouTube on the Judiciary’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JudiciaryRSA

SECTION27 represents over forty of the bereaved families of the Life Esidimeni tragedy in this important process towards achieving accountability. You can read about the history of the tragedy here: https://section27.org.za/life-esidimeni/

If anyone has evidence that they think will assist the court in establishing the legal cause of death of each of the 141 mental healthcare users who died during the tragedy, they should contact the evidence leader, Advocate Pieter Luyt.

Judge Teffo will determine towards the end of the court term whether more time will be needed to hear evidence about the deaths of mental healthcare users after they were moved from Life Esidimeni.

For queries, contact:

Julia Chaskalson (SECTION27 Communications Officer) 0834402674 chaskalson@section27.org.za