State objects to key Esidimeni witness

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THE State has objected to South African Depression and Anxiety Group [Sadag] manager Cassey Chambers testifying at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings.

This emerged in the hearing on Monday.

Sadag met with former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and former Head of Department Barney Selebano in 2015‚ and asked them to stop the move.

The group was involved in 2015 and 2016 litigation against the department‚ trying to prevent Esidimeni homes from being shut.

It also supported families before the move‚ holding meetings with them and participating in a WhatsApp group.

Sadag even helped families trace loved ones after patients went missing‚ or were moved to undisclosed locations.

Chambers was quoted in the media on the issue even before the deaths started‚ and is furious at the State’s latest challenge. “What are they scared will come out?” she asked.

She added: “Despite Sadag working on this issue‚ raising concerns‚ holding countless meetings‚ three public marches‚ being involved two court cases‚ receiving hundreds of calls from family members concerned about loved ones‚ reporting concerns‚ and making hundreds of thousands of calls to track and find patients‚ the State doesn’t want us to share our testimony or evidence. Sadag has‚ and will continue‚ to help all Esidimeni families and patients.”

– TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.

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