Mosenogi: Choose suitable person to run Gauteng Health Dept

The head of the Esidimeni project in Gauteng, Levy Mosenogi, has repeatedly said that he raised concerns over the Esidimeni moves and asked for an extension but was never listened to.

State witness Levy Mosenogi, the Gauteng Health Department Chief Director of planning, policy and research, testifies during the Life Esidimeni arbitration process. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The head of the Esidimeni project in Gauteng says that the provincial Health Department is important for the country and has urged leaders to be more careful when choosing the MEC that will lead it.

Levy Mosenogi says former MEC Qedani Mahlangu did not fully understand the Esidimeni situation and was simply unreachable and emotionally unavailable.

He was giving evidence in the arbitration process between the State and the families affected.

Mosenogi has repeatedly said that he raised concerns over the Esidimeni moves and asked for an extension but was never listened to.

He was then asked whether he was afraid of his superiors, to which he said Mahlangu was just not sensitive enough.

He urged the African National Congress (ANC) to be more careful when selecting an MEC for the Gauteng Health Department and to make sure it’s someone trained as a health professional.

“I’d like to appeal to the government, especially to my organisation the ANC, health in Gauteng is complex organisation. So any person who needs to be deployed to run that department must be suitable, experienced and a good person.”

Mahlangu was a qualified teacher during her tenure as provincial Health MEC.