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Lobby groups hand over petition in bid to remove Mahlangu and Hlongwa from ANC PEC

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Lobby groups hand over petition in bid to remove Mahlangu and Hlongwa from ANC PEC

The Treatment Action Campaign and Corruption Watch have handed over their petition to the Gauteng Legislature, demanding the removal of Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa from the ANC PEC

The Treatment Action Campaign and Corruption Watch are not backing down on their demand to have former Gauteng Health MECs Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa removed from the ANC Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee.

The pair was elected during the ANC Gauteng’s elective conference in July 2018.

The groups marched from Mary Fitzgerald Square to the Gauteng Provincial legislature at the Johannesburg CBD, where they handed over their petition to officials on Tuesday. They are accusing both Hlongwa and Mahlangu of contributing to the deterioration of the province’s health system.

The group cites Mahlangu’s role in the Life Esidimeni saga. More than 140 state psychiatric patients died after being moved from Life Esidimeni Healthcare facilities to several ill-equipped NGOs across the province. The Health Ombudsman, Professor Malekgapuru Makgoba, concluded in his report that Mahlangu had been negligent and failed to exercise proper oversight on the transfer of patients. Families of the victims say Mahlangu’s election is a slap in the face.

Meanwhile, Hlongwa, has been implicated in dubious dealings amounting to R1.2 billion, between 2006 and 2009. A report by the Special Investigating Unit fingers Hlongwa and 11 others in irregular expenditure at the department. The Unit’s findings were handed to former President Jacob Zuma, and also contained recommendations. The report goes on to reveal how Hlongwa received bribes in the form of bribes and luxury trips, to name a few.

Thabo Baloyi
t.baloyi@politicalanalysis.co.za

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