Motsoaledi Emotional at Esidimeni hearings

February 16, 2016.Dr Aaron Motsoaledi,Minister of Health at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.Picture:FREDDY MAVUNDA © Business Day

Johannesburg –  Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi was emotional when he shared his information before retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, and the victims families on Wednesday night.

The health minister got emotional as he apologized to the families as the tragedy took 144 patients. Motsoaledi lamented that this tragedy reminded him of the apartheid government not how democratic governments should treat patients.

The minister wanted the Gauteng Health department to face legal action for its actions,”I personally believe there are lots of people who must be charged in one way or another. I’m not saying it to spite anybody [but] because I’ve never seen such dubious characters working for the government,” Motsoaledi said.

As the hearings adjourn,  retired judge Moseneke thanked Motsoaledi for coming forward and that he was different from others in government who appeared as “arrogant” he said.

During the hearings former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu claimed at the hearings that she was not to blame for the tragedy even though she was the one who gave a go ahead to move Life Esidemeni patients to some unlicensed  NGO’S and being warned not to do so.

The hearings will convene on the 8- 9 February for legal arguments  to be heard and deliberations by arbitrators.

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