A nursing manager at one of the deadliest NGOs in the Life Esidimeni Tragedy was grilled by family lawyers over what appears to be gross negligence in the handling of the now deceased patients.

Dikeledi Manaka conceded that she and her colleagues at the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre compromised the well-being of patients and went against their oaths in the transfer of patients.

She added that the NGOs the patients were transferred to, were ill-equipped and unhygienic.

But Manaka placed the blame on Gauteng health officials for exerting undue pressure on them to go ahead.

Twenty nine patients died at Cullinan and it’s two NGO’s Siyabadinga and Anchor home.

The arbitration has heard that some died from severe dehydration and starvation.

Among them, Jaco Stolls and Thabo Monyane.

Manaka admitted that the facility discharged patients to unlawful NGO’s without a pre-inspection. Most of those patients died.