never again

Frederick Colitz Mosego Home

Mosego Home, an unlicensed NGO & Fredrick Colitz

Maria Colitz Wife of Frederick Colitz

Maria Colitz (Wife of Fredrick Colitz)

Shocking Conditions

Fredrick Colitz had been at Mosego Home for only  a few months before he died. He had been transferred from Life Esidimeni in January 2016. Maria, his wife was never allowed into the patient premises at Mosego Home. She says: “For the last three weeks of his life I was refused permission to speak to him. When I managed to see him, he had bruises all over, had fallen and was so thin. He was receiving different medication from what he had before. I begged them to take him to hospital. They didn’t. He died the very next day.”

This tragedy began when the Gauteng Department of health terminated a contract with Life Esidimeni which had been in operation for over 30 years. The reasons for the hurried closure are still not clear.Former Deptuy Chief Justice – Dikgang Moseneke in his arbitration, described the reasons as both ‘vacuous’ and ‘irrational’.

In June 2016 SADAG sent an urgent letter to Dr Manamela and team raising concerns about the move to unsuitable and often unlicensed NGOs. Their plea was ignored. The move went ahead.

Advocate Adila Hassim highlighted the terrible conditions of the NGOs. These included insufficient food; no proper medication; not enough staff including nurses or access to doctors; little security; overcrowding; poor hygiene (patients found dirty and unwashed); overcrowding and cold with insufficient clothes and blankets and reports of abuse.

1711 mental health care patients were moved between October 2015 and the end of June 2016. More than 95% of the 144 deaths occurred at five NGOs, one of which was Mosego Home, where Fredrick Colitz died.