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Makhura: Esidimeni tragedy reveals arrogance of govt officials involved

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says no one must escape accountability.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura tabled his fourth political report in the provincial legislature on Thursday7 December 2017. Picture: Twitter/@GautengANC

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura insists the Esidimeni tragedy could've been avoided.

He said it revealed the arrogance of some government officials.

Makhura tabled his fourth political report in the provincial legislature on Thursday - dedicating it to the youth.

He then moved to highlight government's successes and failures, bringing the Life Esidimeni deaths into focus.

He highlighted government's successes and challenges but singled out the Esidimeni tragedy.

Makhura said all those involved must understand there can be no closure for the families without full disclosure.

He says there was a clear level of arrogance on the part of the officials involved.

“They told me about their experience with the officials in the hands of the state and that everybody has seen that experience. They talked about issues of arrogance and all those things everyone can see.”

Makhura says no one must escape accountability.

IRREGULAR EXPENDITURE

Makhura says wasteful and irregular expenditure, as well as the decision not to prosecute corrupt officials, are some of the top issues facing the provincial government.

“I can tell you it frustrates me that officials delay disciplinary process and drag, and drag them. It’s just a culture and what does that do? So, you suspend an official today, they engage in all manner of dodgy.”

He says while some progress has been made, problems still remain.

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