For many people with severe mental illnesses, these special wards can be a lifeline and the first step to care — if they can get there.
The nation's nursing body says one official has been hauled before it.
The arbitration ruling specifies that both Constitutional and general damages have to be paid.
The families of the nearly 150 mental health patients who died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy will know today how much they will be compensated.
Qedani Mahlangu’s department paid almost R60-million to the law firm that would later represent her in the run-up to arbitration.
‘Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through’, says state advocate.
Did the former MEC move from playing the blame game to playing the victim?
Mahlangu didn't know many of the details of the doomed mental health project but says she deserves the credit for instituting the ombud investigation.
Accusations fly as the embattled former health MEC finally testifies at the ongoing arbitration hearings.
The former Gauteng Health MEC is expected to take the stand on Monday when she will finally face irate families who are tired of waiting for answers.
Makgabo Manamela is one of three officials implicated by the health ombud in the tragedy. Here’s a snapshot of her testimony during arbitration.
Suspended head of Gauteng health Barney Selebano's court bid to avoid testifying at the ongoing arbitration could keep him off the stand for months.
As the hearings continue this week, Laura Lopez Gonzalez speaks to Nelisiwe Msomi about the arbitration process.
Laura Lopez Gonzalez speaks to Tim Modise about who might be held accountable for the tragedy.
Bhekisisa can reveal Mahlangu is not a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science after lodging a Freedom of Information request.
Meanwhile, the London School of Economics and Political Science says it cannot confirm 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.
At least 141 mental health patients. As officials take the stand as part of arbitration hearings, a disturbing thread runs through their testimonies.
Owner of Pretoria organisation Precious Angels breaks down and dodges queries amid questions surrounding deaths.
Social worker says mental health patients' lives could have been saved if senior officials visited facilities. Bhekisisa has evidence they did.
Gauteng health department hopes to avoid legal battle as more bodies are discovered.
Key players say the culture of government created by Jacob Zuma allowed the deaths of 94 health patients.
The department moved people to save money and NGOs were happy to take them in for cash.
The health ombudsman has found 94 mental health patients died because of state negligence. Laura Lopez Gonzalez tells Mia Malan what happened.
Almost 100 Gauteng mental health patients died after MEC Qedani Mahlangu's disastrous decision, the health ombud has found.
A father speaks out about the terrible conditions his son died in after being removed from state-funded hospital care at Life Esidimeni.
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.
The former Gauteng health MEC says it wasn't her job to visit organisations prior to transferring state patients into their care.
Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu breaks her silence over the department's deadly decision to transfer psychiatric patients.
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?
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.
The callous disregard shown at many levels for the wellbeing of vulnerable people proved fatal.
We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.
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Bhekisisa's latest policy dialogue takes a deep dive into one of the biggest challenges facing SA's HIV response at the 9th Aids conference.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in isiZulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.