SPECIAL REPORT: #LifeEsidimeni - How did more than 90 mental health patients lose their lives at the hands of the state?

#LifeEsidimeni: What will arbitration mean for the families?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez speaks to Tim Modise about who might be held accountable for the tragedy.


[EXCLUSIVE] Qedani Mahlangu is not a registered student at alleged London school

Bhekisisa can reveal Mahlangu is not a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science after lodging a Freedom of Information request.


#LifeEsidimeni: Mahlangu’s alleged school confirms no exams scheduled

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Meanwhile, the London School of Economics and Political Science says it cannot confirm Qedani Mahlangu is a student.


London school refuses to confirm former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is a student

Eleven Gauteng health employees were singled out for censure. Now, only two have been suspended and garnered an alleged R1.3-million in wages.


#LifeEsidimeni: Why seemingly good people came to do very, very bad things

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

At least 141 mental health patients. As officials take the stand as part of arbitration hearings, a disturbing thread runs through their testimonies.


#LifeEsidimeni: Head of NGO tied to 23 deaths was unqualified, unlicensed

Nelisiwe Msomi

Owner of Pretoria organisation Precious Angels breaks down and dodges queries amid questions surrounding deaths.


#LifeEsidimeni: Former Gauteng Health MEC Mahlangu visited deadly Cullinan NGOs

Social worker says mental health patients' lives could have been saved if senior officials visited facilities. Bhekisisa has evidence they did.


#LifeEsidimeni: Patients still missing after deadly move from state care

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Gauteng health department hopes to avoid legal battle as more bodies are discovered.


#SONA2017: Mbete refuses moment of silence for 94 dead mental health patients

Mia Malan

Key players say the culture of government created by Jacob Zuma allowed the deaths of 94 health patients.


#LifeEsidimeni: NGOs 'chose patients like cattle at an auction'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The department moved people to save money and NGOs were happy to take them in for cash.


#LifeEsidimeni: 'There may still be uncounted bodies in state mortuaries'

The health ombudsman has found 94 mental health patients died because of state negligence. Laura Lopez Gonzalez tells Mia Malan what happened.


Health MEC quits as patient death tally almost triples

Mia Malan

Almost 100 Gauteng mental health patients died after MEC Qedani Mahlangu's disastrous decision, the health ombud has found.


Life Esidimeni: 'My son had death in his face'

A father speaks out about the terrible conditions his son died in after being removed from state-funded hospital care at Life Esidimeni.


The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Community mentalhealth care can be better for patients and health systems if it's done right. Find out how one organisation is making it work.


Health MEC: 'Esidimeni wasn't my responsibility'

The former Gauteng health MEC says it wasn't her job to visit organisations prior to transferring state patients into their care.


[EXCLUSIVE] Gauteng health MEC: Court threats fly over patient deaths

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu breaks her silence over the department's deadly decision to transfer psychiatric patients.


Gauteng mental health services: 'They treated him like you don't even treat a dog'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

A decision by the Gauteng department of health has left at least 36 dead but has the scandal lifted the lid on the horrors of mental healthcare?


Family of dead Gauteng psychiatric patient given the runaround by red tape

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Sizwe Hlatshwayo may be the 38th patient to die after being moved from state-funded hospital care. It took almost a month for his family to find out.


Life Esidimeni patient deaths are a wake up call that came too late

The callous disregard shown at many levels for the wellbeing of vulnerable people proved fatal.