LISTEN: Sister of Esidimeni victim vents her anger at Qedani Mahlangu

"We want closure". This is the impassioned plea from Christine Nxumalo, a member of the Life Esidimeni Family Committee. Apart from losing her sister who died whilst in the care of an unlicensed NGO in the Esidiment tragedy, Nxumalo is also speaking on behalf of other families impacted by the scandal. She spoke to Stephen Grootes about her frustration at getting answers from the authorities.

As you can hear from the testimony yesterday, there was a lot of back and forth.

Christine Nxumalo, Member of Life Esidimeni Family Committee

The MEC (Qedani Mahlangu) is arrogant, Nxumalo says and she finds it shocking that they're proud of the plan they came up with to accommodate the 141 patients. Nxumalo goes on to say that if you’re as qualified as Dr Makgoba Manamela, then you should be able to understand people suffering with mental illness.

To be honest with you, it actually starts with incompetence. Wrong people in the wrong place. Because I don’t think they quite understand what it is that they are doing.

Christine Nxumalo, Member of Life Esidimeni Family Committee

EWN Reporter Masaga Rahlaga explains that Manamela didn’t take any responsibility for the Life Esidimeni tragedy and identifies herself as the fourth person in the chain of command. Rahlaga adds that during Manamela’s testimony, she kept over emphasising that the team was responsible.

She didn’t take any responsibility, she started by saying that there was a hierarchy.

Masaga Rahlaga, EWN Reporter

Listen here for more on the Esidimeni testimony...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Dr Makgabo Manamela plea to postpone testifying in Life Esidimeni hearing denied

Dr Makgabo Manamela plea to postpone testifying in Life Esidimeni hearing denied

Manamela tried to apply for a postponement but her application was denied by retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke.

Qedani Mahlangu to testify in Life Esidimeni hearings January 2018 - reporter

Qedani Mahlangu to testify in Life Esidimeni hearings January 2018 - reporter

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter says Mahlangu's lawyers said the former MEC will be available for testify in January 2018.

Qedani Mahlangu still MIA in UK stalling subpoena to Life Esidimeni Arbitration

Qedani Mahlangu still MIA in UK stalling subpoena to Life Esidimeni Arbitration

The UK address of the former Gauteng Health MEC proving difficult to find, delaying summons to testify in deaths of 141 patients.

When will Qedani Mahlangu testify over 141 Esidimeni deaths?

When will Qedani Mahlangu testify over 141 Esidimeni deaths?

It's being reported the the former MEC would most probably be available next month. She is studying in London.

Still no government contracts with NGOs for transferred Life Esidimeni patients

Still no government contracts with NGOs for transferred Life Esidimeni patients

Christine Nxumalo's sister died last year after she was removed from a Life Esidimeni home for the mentally ill.

Popular articles
ANCWL calls on the ANC to suspend Pule Mabe

ANCWL calls on the ANC to suspend Pule Mabe

The women's league says Mabe must be suspended pending the outcome of a sexual harassment complaint lodged against him.

'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

Ray White interviews Pauli van Wyk, an investigative journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

10 best business books reviewed on The Money Show in 2018

10 best business books reviewed on The Money Show in 2018

Know someone who’d appreciate a business book for Christmas? These were the best ones of the year…

10 most-read profile interviews on The Money Show in 2018

10 most-read profile interviews on The Money Show in 2018

The year’s best interviews of South Africa and the world’s most famous (and infamous) movers and shakers.

RMB and a paediatric surgeon from Baragwanath came together to save little lives

RMB and a paediatric surgeon from Baragwanath came together to save little lives

Ray White interviews Prof Jerome Loveland (Paediatric Surgery at Wits and Baragwanath) and Gareth Armstrong (Rand Merchant Bank).

ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe accused of sexual harassment

ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe accused of sexual harassment

In a letter seen by Eyewitness News a 26-year-old woman says Mabe wanted to have sex with her in exchange for a job as his PA.

[LISTEN] EFF's Floyd Shivambu was a beneficiary of stolen money - Pauli van Wyk

[LISTEN] EFF's Floyd Shivambu was a beneficiary of stolen money - Pauli van Wyk

Journalist Pauli van Wyk outlines how VBS approved Brian Shivambu’s R1. 46m home loan, with a little help from his brother.

[WATCH] Johnny Clegg opens up about emotional 'The Crossing' video

[WATCH] Johnny Clegg opens up about emotional 'The Crossing' video

South African legend, musician Johnny Clegg talks about the moving recording of his track The Crossing by over 50 artists.