Selabano admits department did not heed advice in Esidimeni tragedy


File image of former Gauteng MEC for Health, Qedani Mahlangu at a media briefing on 13 October 2015. Mahlangu resigned from her position following a damning report into the deaths of nto psychiatric patients under her watch.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Gauteng Health Department Head of Department, Barney Selebano has admitted mistakes were made and that they didn&39;t pay enough attention to what some people were saying.

Selebano is testifying at the Esidimeni hearings.

According to Selebano, "I know how exactly we did things wrong - by not heeding advice, listening to other people." 

Selebano said he was scared of his boss, Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, which is why the move went ahead. 

VIDEO: Selebano continues testimony at Esidimeni hearings

A total of 143 patients died after being moved from Esidimeni centres.

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As the man who had authorised those transfers, Selebano says once the decision to move patients was made, he had to make it happen.