Qedani Mahlangu suspected Life Esidimeni of ‘sabotage’

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Qedani Mahlangu. (City Press)
Qedani Mahlangu. (City Press)

Johannesburg - Disgraced Gauteng MEC for health Qedani Mahlangu’s senior staff knew as far back as July 2016 that mentally ill patients were dying in their dozens at the care centres in which they had been dumped.

But Mahlangu herself only knew about the crisis a month later – because she had been busy campaigning for the local government elections from ANC provincial headquarters Walter Sisulu House, situated 400m from her Sauer Street office.

And when the bodies started piling up, Mahlangu and Dr Makgabo Manamela, her director of mental health, accused Life Esidimeni of “sabotage”.

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