Columns 18.1.2018 07:55 am

Esidimeni tragedy simply shameful

The person who must ultimately carry the can for the whole mess is former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

It took long enough but, finally, two of the key Gauteng health department officials in the Life Esidimeni scandal – which took the lives of 144 vulnerable patients – have resigned.

Esidimeni tragedy simply shameful
Esidimeni tragedy simply shameful

Esidimeni tragedy simply shameful

The person who must ultimately carry the can for the whole mess is former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

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