The Gauteng Health Department made multiple headlines over the course of 2017, almost none of them had anything to do with good news. Now, the cash-strapped department has revealed the huge money it spent on attorneys.

In a written reply to DA Gauteng MPL Jack Bloom, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa detailed that the department has paid R103 million to Ngcebetsha Madlanga Attorneys (NMA).

The payment covered a legal opinion on terminating the Life Esidimeni contract as well as opposing two court applications that attempted to halt the transfers of mental health patients.

As the nation now knows, those transfers did go through and 144 patients died at unsuitable NGOs across the province. ….more