Gauteng Premier says he was misinformed about Life Esidimeni project

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he will now have difficulty trusting his MECs after the Esidimeni tragedy.

Makhura concluded his testimony at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings on Wednesday.

He says former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu did not inform him of the deaths of psychiatric patients in Gauteng and he was told the project was going well.

Eyewitness News reporter Masgeo Rahlaga was at the hearing.

He says he did confront her. She stood in front of the legislature to answer a question from Jack Bloom on the 13th of September 2016. He immediately called her office and told the HOD and her other officials that he wanted to meet them the next day.

Masego Rahlaga, Eyewitness News reporter

On the day, he says they normalised the issue, saying that it is 36 people, and in fact, it was already about 77, and saying that it was normal for mental health care patients to die in large numbers because their life expectancy is less than a normal person.

Masego Rahlaga, Eyewitness News reporter

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