LIFE ESIDIMENI INQUEST ADJOURNED BEFORE END OF COURT TERM
15 Sept 2021, Johannesburg — Two and a half days before the end of the court term, the Life Esidimeni Inquest has once again been adjourned by Judge Mmonoa Teffo to allow potentially implicated people to secure legal representation.
This comes after concerns that Dr Lebethe – former acting head of clinical services during the time of the transfer of patients from Life Esidimeni into NGOs – had implicated owners of NGOs who still have not been able to get legal representation. Dr Lebethe was released yesterday but is still expected to be cross examined in the future.
Statements from Mr Levy Mosenogi, former project manager of the transfer, were read into the record today 15 Sept 2021. But before cross examination of Mr Mosenogi could start, stakeholders raised concerns that Dr Lebethe’s evidence wasn’t concluded yet and that proceedings should pause.
Court will be on recess until 4 October 2021, where SECTION27 hopes that the Inquest will be able to continue with the conclusion of cross examination of Dr Lebethe and the commencement of Mr Mosenogi’s evidence.
When court resumes on 4 October, SECTION27 hopes that the process will be smooth and efficient and that all implicated people are afforded legal representation. This is important so that all people who were responsible for the 144 mental healthcare patients who died during the Gauteng Mental Health Marathon Project in 2016 are held accountable.