Parliamentary committee welcomes Selebano resignation

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 17, 2018

"Despite the resignation, the call the committee made for accountability against those responsible for the Esidimeni tragedy remains".

Gauteng's suspended head of health, who approved the transfer of Life Esidimeni patients to unregistered non-governmental organisations, has resigned. "All necessary disciplinary and legal processes must continue and reach their natural conclusion", Cathy Dlamini, chairperson of Parliament's select committee on social services, said in a statement.

Mahlangu, who is yet to testify at the hearings, said hundreds of mentally ill patients were removed from Life Esidimeni Healthcare centres to save money.

"Although it will not bring back their loved ones, the committee is of the view that the healing process of bereaved families will only conclude once those responsible for the tragedy are held accountable".

The move resulted in at least 143 deaths.

"Furthermore, the full implementation of the recommendations made by the Office of the Health Standards Compliance will ensure that this country doesn't experience a similar tragedy again".

Gauteng health spokesperson Lesemang Matuka confirmed to News24 that Dr Barney Selebano submitted his resignation letter on Monday.

She added that it is concerning though that the internal disciplinary case against Selebano has not yet been concluded despite his suspension in February past year. "There is no way that, if you are a leader and something happens, and then you suddenly want to walk away from it", he said at the hearings a year ago.

"This is not sufficient accountability, however, and he should face criminal charges in a court of law along with former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and other implicated officials", he said.

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