SHIRLEY DE VILLIERS: Life Esidimeni — an anatomy of neglect laid bare
A newly launched memorial tells the haunting, harrowing tales of the state’s failure to care for its most vulnerable citizens
In September 2016, Phumzile Motshegwa found herself on the blood-stained floor of PutU2Rest Mortuary, a disused butchery-turned-funeral parlour in Atteridgeville. She was there to retrieve the body of her brother Solly. Putting on a pair of rubber gloves, she began sorting through corpses.
Thirty-six bodies later, she found him...