Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has repeatedly shifted the blame for the Esidimeni tragedy onto the team that handled the relocation of patients. She claims she was unaware of problems with the project.
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JOHANNESBURG - Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu continued her testimony at the Life Esidimeni hearings on Thursday.
LifeEsidimeni: Qedani Mahlangu claims she would&39;ve stopped the transfer of psychiatric patients if she was given the right information. Follow the LIVE proceedings on DStv403 and at https://t.co/srSwp4puiM Courtesy DStv403 pic.twitter.com/SpKyZEmHQl— eNCA (@eNCA) January 24, 2018
Wednesday&39;s testimony revealed that the SA Depression and Anxiety Group had written to Mahlangu, complaining about medicine shortages and poor conditions at NGOs that mentally ill patients were transferred to.
143 of those patients died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni clinics.
Today former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is expected to testify, after much delay, at the LifeEsidimeni hearing. What are you hoping will come out of the hearings today? pic.twitter.com/yii4p9osMH— eNCA (@eNCA) January 22, 2018
Mahlangu was also questioned about reports that senior health officials had suggested she prolong the transfer period by at least a year or consider buying the Life Esidimeni group to provide care for patients.
Mahlangu claims she can&39;t remember such an exchange