Gauteng News

Officials implicated in the death of mental patients will be held accountable


2017/02/01 Rofhiwa Marubini-Tshitahe
 
The Gauteng Provincial Government will urgently implement the recommendations contained in the Health Ombudsman Report released earlier today in Pretoria.
 
The final report into the circumstances surrounding the death of mentally ill patients in Gauteng was released and revealed that the MEC, Head of Department and other officials behaved in manner that was negligent and reckless.
 
“We will follow up on all the findings and implement every recommendation by the Ombudsman; we will not leave any stone unturned, to honour the families of the bereaved and the people of Gauteng and the whole of South Africa,” said Premier Makhura.
 
The Premier has instructed the Director General in the Office of Premier to institute appropriate action to deal with the recommendations of the Ombudsman. This will be done within them prescripts of appropriate labour laws and regulation governing the code of contact of Public Servants. Disciplinary action will be taken against the Head of department, who is the accounting officer and other senior officials identified in the Report.
 
Premier Makhura said: “I deeply regret the tragic loss of so many lives under the care of our Provincial Government.”