Johannesburg - Relatives of Life Esidimeni patients who survived the botched transfer to NGOs are dissatisfied that not all compensation claims have been paid and those that have been paid have only received 50 percent of the stipulated amount of R1,180,000, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.
"In terms of the Master of the Court process it has been determined that 50 percent (R590 000) should be paid to the relatives and the other 50 percent into a trust to be administered for the benefit of the patient," DA spokesman Jack Bloom said.
About 300 families represented by the Life Esidimeni Tragedy Committee (LETG) accused the Gauteng premier’s office of breaking an agreement with them not to put the money into a trust.
"They say that they should have a role in administering the money, as they have looked after the interests of their loved ones all these years," Bloom said.
Last week Phindile Baleni, director general in the premier’s office, said that R60 million had been paid so far to relatives out of R300 million that had been budgeted. This was slow progress as they had been promised that all payments would be done in December last year.