The hearings were set up to give answers to families whose relatives died when they were moved from Esidimeni homes into ill-equipped NGOs. But Nxumalo says: “Families are not getting answers‚” because‚ she believes‚ NGO owners have not been truthful. The lack of answers “makes me really‚ really angry‚” she added. “Our families were sent to the slaughterhouse‚” said Nxumalo. Her sister Virginia‚ who had Alzheimer’s Disease‚ died after spending two months in an NGO called Precious Angels.
These were the words of Reverend Joseph Maboe as he related how he had searched for his son Billy Maboe‚ who was moved from a Life Esidimeni home without his knowledge. Maboe was speaking on Thursday afternoon at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings‚ set down for three weeks‚ to unpack why 118 mentally ill patients died between last June and February this year.
The dying wish of Life Esidimeni patient Jaco Stolts’s father was that his mentally challenged son would be taken care of. Now his sister Sandra de Villiers cannot come to terms with Stolts’s death at the hands of a state institution. De Villiers was the first family witness to testify in the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings that have been set up to answer on why this tragedy, in which at least 141 adult psychiatric patients died, occurred. Her testimony shocked the audience.
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