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NPA must prosecute those involved in Esidimeni tragedy

NPA must prosecute those involved in Esidimeni tragedy

The number of patients to perish in the Life Esidimeni scandal has reached the 100 mark, and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should decide if criminal charges will be laid against those involved. 

Gauteng Health Department transferred mental healthcare patients to illegally licensed non-governmental organisations in 2016.

Previously, the tally of those deceased was 94. 

Members of Parliament (MPs) wants harsher penalties for those involved, inluding the former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and suspended Head of Department Dr Barney Selebano.

Mahlangu resigned after the Esidimeni report, which implicated several officials as liable for the deaths of the patients, deaths that could apparently have been avoided.

Selebano has indicated that he will appeal the Health Ombudsman’s findings.

Motsoaledi told Parliament's health committee; “It’s possible that they might have been hiding something, but I can tell you my honest belief is that they didn’t know. How will you know when you don’t even know who went where? Because you did not send the people there, they came and collected. Surely the NGOs were not with anybody from Gauteng when they came there to collect.”

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