The Special Investigating Unit says those responsible for the Life Esidimeni tragedy are not off the hook.
Unit head Andy Mothibi says even those individuals who resigned from their positions may still face criminal or civil cases.
We have been on record as saying the phenomenon of people resigning in the face of an investigation is so widespread in the public sector.
“So what we are going to do is that we will still pursue those people, criminally and also if there are any civil recoveries,” said Mothibi.
Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, former Health Head Barney Selebano, and former mental health head Makgabo Manamela are among those implicated.
Head of the SIU Andy Mothibi touched on the #LifeEsidimeni tragedy when he spoke to @KarimaBrown earlier. He says those responsible are not yet off the hook. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/Mp3Q1ppkvt
— eNCA (@eNCA) August 2, 2020
They were found to have broken their oaths of office by facilitating the move of 144 mental health patients from Life Esidimeni facilities to ill-equipped NGOs where they died.
An inquiry led by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke concluded in 2018 found that government acted in breach of the law which ultimately resulted in their deaths.
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