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Father of Esidimeni victim: Qedani Mahlangu must account for her actions

The Health Department moved hundreds of patients to illegal NGOs last year, resulting in the death of 141 psychiatric patients.

The Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing sitting in Parktown, Johannesburg. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – A father whose son died at an NGO after being moved from a Life Esidimeni facility says that he wants the law to take its course.

He says that former Gauteng MEC of Health Qedani Mahlangu needs to come and account for her actions.

The Health Department moved hundreds of patients to illegal NGOs last year, resulting in the death of 141 psychiatric patients.

Christian Ngqondwana says that the post-mortem results read by the council stipulating that an orange plastic bag with peas in it was found in his son’s stomach is new to him.

The peas suggest that he was desperate to feed himself.

“My heart will never be at peace, my heart will never be at peace with Qedani Mahlangu until she comes here and tell us why she had to do this traumatic thing.”

Ngqondwana says he didn’t know the details surrounding the cause of his 25-year-old son.

He says that the death of his son Vuyo has been immensely devastating, emotionally and financially.