WATCH: Mahlangu faces cross-examination at Esidimeni hearing


Former Gauteng Health MEC is back in the hot seat at the Esidimeni hearings. She has apologised to the families for the deaths of 143 mentally ill patients but the families don't seem to be buying it.

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JOHANNESBURG - Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani was back in the hot seat at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

On Monday, Mahlangu apologised to the families of victims of the tragedy, in which at least 143 mentally ill patients died after being transferred from the Life Esidimeni hospital to non-governmental organisations.

The families are rejecting her apology.

In her testimony, Mahlangu denied responsibility for the transfer and resultant tragedy, shifting the blame to the then Gauteng Health Department head, Dr Barney Selebano, and mental health director Dr Makgabo Manamela.

Both officials resigned recently.