Manamela admits to errors during transfer of Life Esidimeni patients
Johannesburg - Suspended Gauteng director of mental health Dr Makgabo Manamela has conceded that she handed a licence to a non-compliant facility to care for mentally ill patients.
During questioning by Justice Dikgang Moseneke at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing, Manamela admitted that she had made an error when she issued a licence to Kalafong House to accommodate patients who were intended for transfer from Life Esidimeni.
"The licence was prepared … and I am saying to you, it was an error."
Over 140 mentally ill patients lost their lives when they were abruptly moved to various unlicensed NGOs across the province after the health department cancelled a contract with Life Esidimeni to save money.
At the hearing on Thursday, Manamela went on to admit that she also issued a licence to Anchor Home without compensation.