E Cape denies moving frail care patients to NGOs

Mzukisi Solani, Spokesperson for Eastern Cape Social Development MEC told Stephen Grootes that a curator will be appointed by the courts to oversee any move of frail care patients from Esidimeni centres in the province.

This process is about compliance... Families need to be consulted. ... Whenever a new service provider is appointed, we would have had to have ticked all the boxes that are relevant.

Mzukisi Solani, Spokesperson for Eastern Cape Social Development MEC

Solani confirmed that frail care users are still housed in two facilities until there is consensus to move them and that the department has a mandate to look after the frail and elderly.

Meanwhile, Gerhardt Loock, who represents the families of Frail Care Crisis Collective, told Grootes that there had been no communication directly from the department.

There has been no meaningful consultation. The first time we heard of the closure was 4 December. We were told the centre will close and the patients will move ... there was talks of moving some patients out of the province. We petitioned as we saw it was taking on a similar pattern to that in Gauteng. ... The department is in a shamble and that's why we chose to go to court.

Gerhardt Loock, Frail Care Crisis Collective representative

It is against the spirit of Ubuntu. The government is working against its people. ... The department accepted the highest quote out of the three tenders. Why?

Gerhardt Loock, representative for families of Frail Care Crisis Collective

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