CAPE TOWN - Health Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba says the number of deaths linked to the Esidimeni tragedy is now above 100 and growing, as more people come forward.
Earlier this month, the Health Ombudsman's report into the deaths of psychiatric patients transferred from Life Healthcare Esidimeni revealed that 94 patients had died, not 36 as recorded by the Gauteng Health Department.
Former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu resigned just hours before the report was due to be released.
Mahlangu’s successor, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, was sworn in as a member of the Gauteng Legislature and as the new MEC recently.
Mentally ill patients from the Life Esidimeni facility died between March and December last year.
Makgoba's report says patients died under unlawful circumstances.
Makgoba revealed that the patients died after being transferred to 27 NGOs which were not licensed to take care of the mentally-ill people.
An investigation was launched following outrage from families who lost their loved ones after the decision to transfer them from the Gauteng facility.
Meanwhile, the Gauteng Health Department has implemented the Health Ombudsman's recommendations in the investigation.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says action is being taken against several senior officials in the department.