- The Esidimeni Tragedy shocked South Africans to the core in 2016
- The blame for this horrible event is being put on the shoulders of Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
- The Democratic Alliance wants Makhura to resign or they will table a no confidence vote against him
In 2016, Life Esidimeni was closed, and shortly after a tragedy followed. The psychiatric patients were abruptly moved to care homes that weren't fit to take care of them.
Briefly.co.za reported that over nine months in 2016 and 2017, about 142 patients died of thirst, hunger and other forms of neglect.
Many believe the patients died as a result of incompetence on a scale that is hard to imagine. A combination of apathy and a lack of accountability created a culture where actions were devoid of consequence.
About 1 200 patients were moved from Life Esidimeni, a professionally managed and privately owned facility, after it was abruptly closed by government.
The scene of the inhumane transfers is enough to give the toughest people nightmares. Patients were tied up, squeezed onto the backs of bakkies and sent to what was believed to be non-profit organisations.
To say the patients then dropped like flies would seem harsh and insensitive, but it's hard to find a comparison shocking enough to rival what happened next. The deaths of these patients, people's brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins, can rival even the worst human rights injustices the world has seen.
At Precious Angels home, 23 of 58 patients died in less than a year. The woman who was tasked with taking care of these specialised patients only had a teaching certificate for toddlers.
This led to the mentally ill patients who were moved from Life Esidimeni to suffer horrible and painful deaths.
Since the tragedy happened, South Africa has been looking for someone to blame for the senseless and sad deaths of these poor people.
It now seems like the Democratic Alliance have found someone to punish for the Esidimeni Tragedy: Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Makhura has managed to defeat a previous motion of no confidence last year, this one put against him by the EFF. The motion of no confidence was also brought in about the Esidimeni Tragedy.
Perhaps this time Makhura won't be walking away scott-free. The Democratic Alliance is determined that Makhura be held accountable for what happened to those unfortunate patients.
According to John Moodey of the DA, the smaller parties have all promised to vote with the DA against Makhura.
"I believe that if each and every one us in that House votes according to our conscience, then of course it wouldn't be a matter of counting the numbers but counting the people who have the integrity to vote out David Makhura," Moodey said.
Moodey also added: “We want to achieve the objective of having David Makhura removed as the premier and there is 144 reasons for that. 144 mentally ill, most vulnerable people lost their lives under the most disturbing heinous circumstances and many hundreds more mentally ill people suffered.”
However, the ANC is convinced that Makhura will walk away from this motion of no confidence just like he did from the previous one - free.
The ANC is of the opinion the the claims made against Makhura is unfair.
Hope Papo of the ANC said: “We want to understand what the DA wants. The premier is implementing all the decisions of the Health Ombudsman and arbitrator Justice Moseneke. The motion will be defeated by the ANC majority. The DA must actually respect the intelligence of the people of the province.”
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