Gauteng premier David Makhura will appoint an independent curator who will ensure that all the decisions of retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke on the inquiry into the Life Esidimeni tragedy are implemented. Makhura delivered his state of the province address on Monday, and reiterated that "serious governance failures" compromised the quality of care of millions of people who depended on the public health system. More than 140 patients died after the Gauteng government moved patients with mental health illnesses from Life Esidimeni, a private healthcare provider, to unregistered NGOs. "The people of Gauteng, I would like to reiterate that the death of 144 Life Esidimeni mental health patients is a tragedy that has left deep wounds and pain in the collective memory of our democratic nation. It is something that should have never happened and should never happen again," Makhura said, reiterating that the province had budgeted enough money for mental healthcare services. "I w...

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