Life Esidimeni: Mahlangu still denying any responsibility for 143 deaths

Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has taken a stand again at the Life Esidimeni arbitration in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Mahlangu was asked why she resigned if she thinks she is not guilty or responsible for the deaths of 143 mentally-ill patients.

EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga reports that among the reasons given for the termination of Life Esidimeni contract, was that the Auditor General had advised the department that Life Esidimeni's contract has been in existence since before democracy in 1994, and that this was therefore unfair.

To this end, the AG had apparently suggested that they should have a tender process that allows everyone equal opportunity to apply.

Read: Blame game continues as Life Esidimeni hearings resume

Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke says that they didn't do that properly because they decided to terminate the contract instead of going through a tender process and have people who can look after mentally-ill patients apply for it.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

Chief Justice Moseneke asked Mahlangu why it is that everyone who has testified prior to her is pointing fingers at her and she is the only one who is turning around and blaming them.

Mahlangu responded by saying that she had taken their word for it because she thought they were competent.

She claims that Selabano and Manamela were telling her and the Premier that everything was going well and the number of people dying is not a bad number becasue psychiatric patients have a lower life expectancy to normal people

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

To hear more of this report by Masego Rahlaga on Life Esidimeni, listen below:


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