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Premier still consulting on recovery of Esidimeni payouts from former MEC – Jack Bloom

DA MPL asks why taxpayers have to foot the bill for this atrocity, but Qedani Mahlangu does not

Gauteng Premier still consulting on recovery of Esidimeni payouts from former Health MEC

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is still consulting with stakeholders and legal advisers as to whether former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and senior health officials can be forced to pay from their own money for the Life Esidimeni compensation costs.

He said this today in an oral reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature concerning his response to the letter I sent him on 16 July requesting him to take steps using the Apportionment of Damages Act to recover some of the R159.46 million arbitration award money from Mahlangu, former Head of Department Barney Selebano and former Chief Director Mental Health Makgabo Manamela.

Makhura said that “extensive consultation” was taking place on the issue of the personal liability of the former MEC and officials, including input from the Department of Justice.

The Premier should be taking this issue seriously as taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for the deplorable conduct of his government which led to the Esidimeni tragedy.

The Democratic Alliance has established that Qedani Mahlangu has assets that are probably worth more than R20 million in total which should be seized by court action to pay a fair share of the financial recompense to the Esidimeni victims.

I hope that Makhura does not use imaginary obstacles to avoid legal action to force Mahlangu to pay up from her own money. He has protected her before and should not do so now.

Issued by Jack BloomDA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC, 4 August 2018