Former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu testified at the Life Esidimeni hearings in Parktown on Monday to explain her role in the move of psychiatric patients from Life Esidimeni to unlicensed NGOs.
She has accused the Gauteng Health Department’s former head doctor Barney Selebano and its former director of mental health services doctor Makgabo Manamela of giving her and Premier David Makhura false information about the Esidimeni project.
702 Breakfast host Bongani Bingwa says politicians seem to think the public has amnesia when it comes to their actions.
Bingwa takes a look back at a 2016 Carte Blanche interview in which Mahlangu claimed she was unaware of a series of deaths at Precious Angels, one of the NGOs implicated in the Esidimeni Tragedy.
One of the comments I made yesterday was how often senior politicians seem to think we have got amnesia when it comes to their actions.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host
You may remember Checkpoint were the first to really deal with the story as events were unfolding and they were highlighting issues that had arisen at these NGOs. We at Carte Blanche followed that up and we were the first to let her know that people were dying. At the time we knew of 6 and it quickly emerged that the number then was as high as 36.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host
She seemed to be unaware that 6 people had died. When Qedani Mahlangu says she didn't know and blames the officials and says they mislead her and didn't giver the full information. I wanted to put it to her and the South African public that is a bold faced lie. She knew.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast show host
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