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Protests over the Life Esidimeni tragedy in 2018.
Protests over the Life Esidimeni tragedy in 2018.
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The Life Esidimeni inquest heard on Monday how family members looking for their loved ones would have to use physical descriptions when speaking to employees at the NGOs patients were moved to.

This was because the NGOs didn't have the mental healthcare patients' files, identity documents, or even knew their names after they were moved from Life Esidimeni facilities. 

Cassey Chambers from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) was the first witness to take the stand at the inquest that will determine whether to hold anyone criminally liable for the deaths of 144 mental health patients after they were moved from Life Esidimeni to NGOs. 

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