After being awarded damages, distraught families want more: the former Gauteng Health MEC must be prosecuted. The R135‑million in constitutional damages awarded to claimants in the Life Esidimeni tragedy this week — the largest award of its kind in South Africa’s history — could increase to 10 times that amount.


Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke’s arbitration ruling is also likely to influence future rulings of this kind. Constitutional damages of R1-million each were awarded to 135 claimants, in addition to funeral-related expenses and R180 000 for shock and psychological trauma…..more

What you didn’t see at the Esidimeni arbitration