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Selebano: The pain I carry is a blot to me

Dr Barney Selebano has on a number of occasions conceded that the Esidimeni project in which 143 people died was a bad decision.

Dr Barney Selebano at the Life Esidimeni hearings on 5 December 2017. Picture: Screengrab/Youtube

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng’s suspended health HOD has told the Esidimeni arbitration hearings that he would rather sell his own life than put patients in danger but has again admitted he made "terrible mistakes" in the transfer of patients from Esidimeni.

Dr Barney Selebano has on a number of occasions conceded that the Esidimeni project in which 143 people died was a bad decision, adding that he will not defend it.

Selebano has been testifying since Tuesday after a court dismissed his application for an order that would block his appearance at the Esidimeni hearings in Parktown.

"The pain I carry is a blot to me. Whatever happens, it will never, ever go away. These are things you carry for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter, it will never go away. You don’t want these types of things to happen while you are in charge."

Selebano admitted that he signed the plan to move psychiatric patients to ill-equipped NGOs on instruction from disgraced former MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

Selebano signed the letter that was sent to the Life Esidimeni group, notifying them of their contract termination.
However, he maintained that he didn’t compile the letter or decide on the termination.

WATCH: Esidimeni: Selebano's testimony

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)