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Esidimeni hearings: State lawyers want Mahlangu to appear in December

31 Octobre 2017

FORMER Heath MEC Qedani Mahlangu, on whose watch the botched relocation of former Life Esidimeni psychiatric patients took place, has been subpoenaed to appear before the arbitration hearing in December.

"She indicated that she does not have any problem to appear but was not on the list of witnesses". She was testifying under oath so her accusations must be taken seriously.

Mahlangu's lawyers say she'll be unable to attend until she completes her exams in the coming weeks.

ANC media liaison officer, Motalatale Modiba, said Mahlangu requested leave of absence from her provincial executive committee responsibilities at the end of August to travel overseas for purposes of pursuing her post-graduate studies.

News24 previously reported that the London School of Economics indicates the university only has examinations in January.

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"Therefore any suggestion that the organisation does not know her whereabouts is incorrect".

Masondo also said that former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu was instructed to end the Life Esidimeni contract by people above her.

Other evidence that implicates Makhura includes the claim by Dr Barney Selebano, the Head of the Gauteng Health Department, that the "decision to start deinstitutionalization of mental health care users from LE was undertaken in the Office of the Premier of Gauteng, the Honourable David Makhura, together with the HOD" (page 30 of the Ombudsman's report).

The ANC in Gauteng had been in discussion with Mahlangu on her availability to appear before the arbitration led by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, he said.

Esidimeni hearings: State lawyers want Mahlangu to appear in December