Esidimeni: 'Mahlangu did not lie', says lawyer

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Angelo Christophorou, the lawyer representing former Gauteng health MEC, says there was no secret that she was in London when the Esidimeni hearings began.

Angelo Christophorou, the lawyer representing former Gauteng health MEC, says there was no secret that she was in London when the Esidimeni hearings began.

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Angelo Christophorou, the lawyer representing former Gauteng health MEC, says there was no secret that she was in London when the Esidimeni hearings began.

Angelo Christophorou, the lawyer representing former Gauteng health MEC, says there was no secret that she was in London when the Esidimeni hearings began.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu denies media reports that she lied about attending university in London to escape accountability at the Life Esidimeni hearings.

eNCA anchor Joanne Joseph spoke to Mahlangu&39;s lawyer, Angelo Christophorou, who said "there was no delay whatsoever" in revealing her whereabouts.

"It might not have been common knowledge but certainly it was not a secret. She moved to the UK around mid-year and registered at two institutions long before the [Esidimeni] proceeding kicked off," he said.

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Mahlangu has been conspicuously absent at the arbitration hearings, which began in early October. 

Family members of those who died - 143 patients in total  -- after being relocated from Life Esidimeni hospital to unregistered NGOs have given heartbreaking accounts of the treatment of their loved ones.

*For the full interview with Mahlangu&39;s lawyer watch the video above.