ANC de­nies Mahlangu duck­ing hear­ing

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THE ANC in Gaut­eng yes­ter­day again re­jected sug­ges­tions that the party does not know the where­abouts of for­mer Gaut­eng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and that she is re­luc­tant to ap­pear be­fore the Life Esidi­meni ar­bi­tra­tion hear­ing.

Re­spond­ing to claims that Mahlangu’s present where­abouts were un­known, Gaut­eng ANC me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Mo­ta­latale Modiba re­peated what the party said in a state­ment last Tues­day.

The ANC in Gaut­eng had been in dis­cus­sion with Mahlangu on her avail­abil­ity to ap­pear be­fore the ar­bi­tra­tion led by for­mer Deputy Chief Jus­tice Dik­gang Moseneke, he said. “She in­di­cated she does not have any prob­lem to ap­pear but was not on the list of wit­nesses. She has made con­tact with the of­fice of the ar­bi­tra­tor to dis­cuss the lo­gis­tics of ap­pear­ing.”

Stud­ies

At the end of Au­gust, Mahlangu had re­quested leave of ab­sence from her pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to be able to travel over­seas for pur­poses of pur­su­ing her post-grad­u­ate stud­ies.

“There­fore any sug­ges­tion that the or­gan­i­sa­tion does not know her where­abouts is in­cor­rect. Cde Qedani is still an elected mem­ber of of the PEC (pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee). The re­fer­ral of her mat­ter to the pro­vin­cial in­tegrity com­mit­tee is be­ing pro­cessed in­ter­nally,” Modiba said.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, the DA called for Gaut­eng Premier David Makhura’s role in the trans­fer of Life Esidi­meni men­tal health pa­tients to du­bi­ous NGOs, which led to 141 deaths, to be in­ves­ti­gated fol­low­ing new ev­i­dence that he knew about the move.

For­mer men­tal health re­view board direc­tor Dumi Ma­sondo on Fri­day told the Esidi­meni ar­bi­tra­tion hear­ings that Makhura had at­tended meet­ings on the move of the pa­tients, DA spokesper­son Jack Bloom said. “This flatly con­tra­dicts Makhura’s claim that he did not know that the pa­tients were sent to NGOs but were go­ing to other state health fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

Ma­sondo also said that Mahlangu was in­structed to end the Life Esidi­meni con­tract by “peo­ple above her”. She was tes­ti­fy­ing un­der oath so her ac­cu­sa­tions had to be taken se­ri­ously, Bloom said.

Makhura, Mahlangu and oth­ers “should face tough ques­tion­ing so we fi­nally get the truth about the Esidi­meni tragedy,” Bloom said. – ANA

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