Ex Gauteng Health MEC Mahlangu expected to testify

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JOHANNESBURG, January 22 – Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, who has emerged as the main person behind the botched Life Esidimeni transfers that led to the deaths of 143 mentally ill patients, is expected to testify at the arbitration hearings on Monday.

Last week deputy director of mental health Hannah Jacobus, in her testimony, pointed fingers at Mahlangu saying she was the one who pushed for the transfer of the patients in a bid to cut costs. Several subordinates allege they had to cut corners to meet Mahlangu’s demands to get the transfers done.

Mahlangu resigned her MEC position over the tragedy last year and went to study overseas. She was, however, summoned while studying at the Global Banking School in Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom to return to South Africa to appear before retired deputy chief justice Dikang Moseneke.

The UK college has since suspended Mahlangu citing the seriousness of allegations levelled against her in relation to the tragedy.

Moseneke has arranged for increased security for witnesses and those attending the hearings.

– African News Agency (ANA)