Life Esidimeni Bereaved Families To Receive R200 000 Each

The State and claimants in the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings have achieved a concurrence on damages in a portion of the cases by the families who lost friends and family amid the exchange of psychological wellness patients to various unlicensed NGOs.Legal arguments in the arbitration hearings were due to start on Thursday morning before the agreements were announced.

Advocate Adila Hassim, appearing on behalf of Section 27, announced an agreement between the social justice organisation and the State.

Section 27 was representing the families of 74 people who died during and after the transfer of patients from Life Esidimeni facilities to a number of unlicensed NGOs.

Hassim said the State had agreed to a R20 000 claim per family for funeral expenses, and R180 000 for emotional shock and psychological injury, and counselling services.

Hassim said no agreement had been reached on constitutional damages and that argument for “appropriate relief” would still be made.


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