PRESS STATEMENT: South Africa’s Mental Health Scandal

The Jesuit Institute South Africa has issued the following Press Statement on South Africa’s Mental Health Scandal.

The Jesuit Institute South Africa is appalled by the revelations contained in the Health Ombud’s Life Esidimeni Report. We want to express our deepest sympathy to those who lost their loved ones in this scandalous situation. They were our brothers and sisters too.

The revelations, in the report, amount to a shocking failure to provide fundamental psychiatric health care as laid down in the National Health Act, based upon the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the Republic of South Africa.

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Press Statement from the Jesuit Institute on South Africa's Mental Health Scandal