South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013–2020.
The Gauteng Provincial Government has voiced its confidence in the NPA in its attempts to probe the Life Esidimeni tragedy.
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has won its court case against two NGOs that were service providers for the Gauteng Health Department in caring for former Life Esidimeni patients.
Relatives of 40 Life Esidimeni patients – who survived the unlawful transfer to NGOs – have expressed dissatisfaction that not all compensation claims have been paid.