Mahlangu not only one responsible for Esidimeni deaths: EFF

The EFF on Gauteng has laid murder charges against the province's former MEC for health after the death of 94 mentally inn patients.

JOHANNESBURG – The EFF says Gauteng's former MEC for health Qedani Mahlangu, is not the only one responsible for the death of 94 mentally ill patients who passed away after their transfer from Life Esidimeni to non-governmental organisations.

The Economic Freedom Fighters laid charges of murder against the provincial health department on Thursday.

Member of the Gauteng Legislature Mandisa Sibongile Mashego, said the premier as the executive head of government in the province should also take responsibility for the death of these patients.

FULL REPORT: 94 mentally ill patients died

“The entire cabinet of the ANC [African National Congress] government in Gauteng must take full responsibility, because the issues were raised before by ourselves as the EFF and other parties. We warned them not to shut down the Life Esidimeni hospital, because they were not ready and it was evident,” said Mashego.

Health Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba revealed on Wednesday that in contrast to much circulated reports stating the number of 36, at least 94 mentally ill patients died in NGO’s between March to December 2016 in Gauteng.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced on Wednesday that Mahlangu, widely disgraced in the health ombudsman’s report for negligence, has resigned and will be replaced with former deputy minister of health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa.

Mashego said that the EFF’s health committee raised the issue that the NGO’s were not ready and fit to house patients.

“The complicity of the ANC cabinet is also evident in that the social development department had to question as to why NGO’s that were not correctly registered according to the law that governs were housing these patients,” said Mashego.

“If the government has what they call co-operative governance within the ANC, why didn’t she raise issues as the MEC for social development with the MEC of health. Its not fair to point fingers at only one person when the whole cabinet is rotten.”

Mashego said death is not something that can stop ANC from being incompetent.

“What led to this disgrace and cruelty is their incompetence to respect basic things like governance.”

African News Agency

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