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Leon de Beer on Mental Health in South Africa

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Leon de Beer on Mental Health in South Africa

Leon de Beer on Mental Health in South Africa. (Camera & Editing: Darlene Creamer)

24th February 2017

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South Africa recently received shocking revelations about the death of psychiatric patients that died after being moved to unlicensed facilities from Life Esidimeni Centre.

Health Ombudsman Malekgapuru Makgoba’s report titled 94+ silent deaths and still counting exposed the gross negligence of the Gauteng Health Department MEC Qedani Mahlangu in looking after the mental patients. MEC Mahlangu has since resigned. 

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SA Federation for Mental Health Deputy Director Leon de Beer speaks to Polity’s Sane Dhlamini about the current state of metal health in South Africa.

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