oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - The Life Esidimeni tragedy : Constitutional oath betrayed - editorial

Volume 10 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



The editorial in the previous issue of the South African Journal of Bioethics and Law discussed the Gauteng Mental Health Marathon Project (GMMP), or the Life Esidimeni (LE) tragedy, as it is better known, and examined the lip-service paid to South Africa (SA)’s Constitution by certain state actors. At the time of writing this editorial, an arbitration process, chaired by Justice Dikgang Moseneke, is underway with the families of the deceased and some of the survivors of the disaster. The number of dead has thus far increased to 143, and 59 are as yet unaccounted for. During this process, SA has been witness to further startling revelations beyond those noted in the health ombud’s report. In addition, stubborn evasion has been the pattern by state actors during this process. This editorial continues the discussion on SA’s Constitutional promise, but focuses it on the office of Q D Mahlangu, previously the member of the executive council (MEC) for Gauteng Province in charge of health.

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