EFF to lay criminal charges against ‘killer’ Qedani over patient deaths
Katharine Child | 2017-02-02 08:33:22.0
“It took 141 days for Mahlangu to resign following the first disclosure of deaths, said Jack Bloom of the Democratic Alliance. File photo
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The Economic Freedom Fighters says it will lay criminal charges against former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu at this morning at Johannesburg Central Hospital.
The party called Mahlangu a “killer” for being driving force to move patients from Life Esidimeni homes to unregistered NGOs. The NGOs were found to have been unsafe‚ crowded‚ without sufficient heating and without skilled staff. At least 94 people died from hunger‚ dehydration and diseases unrelated to mental health.
Mahlangu’s decision was described as “reckless” by health ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.
Mahlangu’s resignation was announced on Wednesday by the Gauteng Premier.
The EFF says it will lay charges against anyone else implicated in the killing of the patients.
The ANC Youth League has also indicated it wishes to lay charges of murder against the former health MEC.
Jack Bloom of the Democratic Alliance said: “It took 141 days for Mahlangu to resign following the first disclosure of deaths in reply to my question in the Gauteng Legislature on 13 September last year.”
Bloom continued: “Premier (David) Makhura has failed badly in this matter and needs to keep his promises to ensure that action is taken against all those implicated‚ including criminal charges.”
The DA’s health spokesman said Mahlangu’s replacement‚ Dr Gwen Ramokgopa‚ was a poor MEC when she was in charge.
“I am not impressed with the return of Dr Gwen Ramokgopa as MEC of the Gauteng Health Department‚” said Bloom. “She was mediocre in this position previously and does not have the drive to fix this deeply dysfunctional department.”