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The Life Esidimeni Inquest will on Tuesday continue to cross-examine former Gauteng Health Department's Deputy Director-General for Mental Health Services, Hannah Jacobus.

The Life Esidimeni Inquest will on Tuesday continue to cross-examine former Gauteng Health Department’s Deputy Director-General for Mental Health Services, Hannah Jacobus.

The Life Esidimeni Inquest will on Tuesday continue to cross-examine former Gauteng Health Department's Deputy Director-General for Mental Health Services, Hannah Jacobus.

Image: SABC NewsA total of 144 mentally ill patients died from hunger and neglect during the June 2016 marathon transfer from Life Esidimeni facilities.TheLife Esidimeni Inquestwill on Tuesday continue to cross-examine former Gauteng Health Department’s Deputy Director-General for Mental Health Services, Hannah Jacobus.

on Monday, she testified that some NGOs were not able to accommodate mentally ill patients after being transferred as they didn’t have sufficient beds and linen.A total of 144 of them died from hunger and neglect during the June 2016 marathon transfer from Life Esidimeni facilities.

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Ex-Gauteng health official says Life Esidimeni's closure came as a surpriseHannah Jacobus, now retired, appeared before the inquiry into the tragedy where 144 mentally ill patients lost their lives in 2016.

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@SABCNews Image: SABC News A total of 144 mentally ill patients died from hunger and neglect during the June 2016 marathon transfer from Life Esidimeni facilities.2 months ago Manamela signed licences giving inexperienced‚ underfunded‚ poorly equipped NGOs permission to look after profoundly mentally ill patients.TimesLIVE.CAPE TOWN - A former Gauteng senior health official has told the court that the closure of Life Esidimeni facilities came as a surprise to them.

The Life Esidimeni Inquest will on Tuesday continue to cross-examine former Gauteng Health Department’s Deputy Director-General for Mental Health Services, Hannah Jacobus. on Monday, she testified that some NGOs were not able to accommodate mentally ill patients after being transferred as they didn’t have sufficient beds and linen. In total, about 1‚712 patients were moved out of Life Esidimeni homes. A total of 144 of them died from hunger and neglect during the June 2016 marathon transfer from Life Esidimeni facilities. The inquest was established to determine who should be held criminally liable for the deaths of the patients in 2016 after the Life Esideni Project was shut down. The Alternative Dispute Resolution overseen by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke in 2017 found that patients were transferred to NGOs that had been issued “unlawful and knowingly fraudulent” licences. Jacobus says some patients died while in the care of an unlicensed NGO in Cullinan east of Pretoria. “At that stage, according to my knowledge, we were looking at making the service more affordable for the handling of patients within our areas and to strengthen the services.

She testified that NGOs were not assisted financially to set up facilities for the transfer of mentally ill patients from the Life Esidimeni NGOs.   Jacobus told the court the process was rushed, as her assessment predicted that the process of downscaling would be fully established only by 2020. She said only an inspection by department officials would determine if new NGOs were suitable to accommodate patients. She also testified that NGOs were not funded by the department to set up new facilities. We were caught by time, we still had meetings within our directorate. The inquest was established to determine who should be held criminally liable for the deaths of 144 mental healthcare users in 2016. According to the Health Ombudsman findings, they died of hunger, neglect and dehydration during and after being transferred from Life Esidimeni to unlawful and ill-equipped NGOs. “From December 2015 to the end of March 2016 [is not] a sufficient period to determine and appoint suitable NGOs to receive mental healthcare [patients].

A report into Hannah Jacobus’ testimony: .