JOHANNESBURG – Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is not a student at the London School of Economics, a Mail & Guardian affiliate reported on Saturday.
The arbitration hearing into the Life Esidimeni tragedy was previously told the former Gauteng Health MEC was unable to testify because she was supposedly writing exams.
Bhekikisa reported that upon further investigation, it was revealed that Mahlangu is not a student at the institution.
The London School of Economics also confirmed no exams are currently being written there.
The hearings investigating the deaths of 141 mental health patients at Life Esdimeni continues.
Meanwhile, the ANC in Gauteng refused to speculate on Mahlangu's whereabouts and said as far as it is aware, she went overseas to study.
The party had been in contact with her regarding availability to appear before the arbitration.
Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has said he would not wrap up the hearings until he has heard from Mahlangu, as well as Gauteng head of health Barney Selebano and the director of mental health, Makgabo Manamela.