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Bereaved Families of Hammanskraal Cholera Victims to Receive R30,000 Payments



Hammanskraal cholera victims' families will get compensated

Hammanskraal cholera victims’ families will get compensated through ex gratia payments of R30,000 proposed by City of Tshwane mayor Cilliers Brink. According to IOL, the mayor’s gesture of donating funds comes amidst a class action lawsuit pursued by families seeking government compensation for their losses.

Represented by a team of lawyers led by Advocate Moafrika wa Maila, the families seek accountability from President Cyril Ramaphosa, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, and other officials listed in the application.

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Eva Phengwa, who lost her sister in the outbreak, expressed financial struggles in caring for her sister’s four children and called for government support. Brink confirmed his commitment to providing R30,000 per affected family, acknowledging the need to follow proper processes before making the payments. He expressed frustration over the lack of response from Premier Lesufi and stressed the importance of establishing causality in the class action suit.

According to Wa Maila, there are potentially 55 to 65 deaths related to cholera, some of which occurred at home rather than in hospitals. Brink encouraged the affected individuals to seek independent legal advice and decide if legal recourse is necessary while stressing the importance of identifying the root cause and those responsible for the outbreak.


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